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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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Armour over the past 12 months has received funding in excess of $5,000 from the Disability Research Consortium, and funding not in excess of $5,000 from the Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing. 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 Employment Policies Institute. In addition he received funding not in excess of $5,000 from: The American Enterprise Institute, The Brookings Institution, the Federal Reserve Board, the Fraser Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Russell Sage Foundation. Larrimore over the past 12 months has received funding not in excess of $5,000 from the Russell Sage Foundation and the Fraser Institute. 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 research in this paper was conducted 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. 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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