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Measuring Top Incomes Using Tax Record Data: A Cautionary Tale from Australia

Richard V. Burkhauser, Markus H. Hahn, Roger Wilkins

NBER Working Paper No. 19121
Issued in June 2013

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank Andrew Leigh for providing the computer code used to produce the Atkinson and Leigh (2005, 2007) top income shares. We thank Daniel Feenberg, Andrew Leigh, Stephen Jenkins, and Dean Lillard for reading earlier drafts of this paper. This paper uses the confidentialised unit record file from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. The HILDA Project was initiated and is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and is managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. The authors have no material financial interests that relate to the findings described in this paper and received no outside financial support for the research. Burkhauser over the past 12 months has received funding in excess of $5,000 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the American Enterprise Institute. In addition he received funding not in excess of $5,000 from: The Brookings Institution, Employment Policies Institute, Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Smith Group. Hahn and Wilkins over the past 12 months have received funding in excess of $5,000 from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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