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Using the Pareto Distribution to Improve Estimates of Topcoded Earnings

Philip Armour, Richard V. Burkhauser, Jeff Larrimore

NBER Working Paper No. 19846
Issued in January 2014

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The research in this paper was conducted, in part, while the authors were Special Sworn Status researchers of the U.S. Census Bureau at the New York Census Research Data Center at Cornell University. This paper has been screened to ensure that no confidential data are disclosed. All opinions are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Census Bureau, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Reserve Banks, or their staff. We thank Stephen Jenkins and participants at the Census Bureau’s Center for Economic Studies Research Conference for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of this paper. Support for this research from the National Science Foundation (award nos. SES-0427889, SES-0322902, and SES-0339191) and the Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation Research and Training Center at the University of New Hampshire, which is funded by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR, grant no. H133B100030) are cordially acknowledged. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Joint Committee on Taxation, any Member of Congress, the Census Bureau, or the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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