Consistent Cell Means for Topcoded Incomes in the Public Use March CPS (1976-2007)

54 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2008 Last revised: 6 Aug 2010

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Jeff Larrimore

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Richard V. Burkhauser

Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis & Management (PAM); University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute

Shuaizhang Feng

Shanghai University of Finance and Economics - Department of Economics; Princeton University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Laura Zayatz

U.S. Census Bureau

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Date Written: April 2008

Abstract

Using the internal March CPS, we create and in this paper distribute to the larger research community a cell mean series that provides the mean of all income values above the topcode for any income source of any individual in the public use March CPS that has been topcoded since 1976. We also describeour construction of this series. When we use this series together with the public use March CPS, we closely match the yearly mean income levels and income inequalities of the U.S. population found using the internal March CPS data.

Suggested Citation

Larrimore, Jeff and Burkhauser, Richard V. and Feng, Shuaizhang and Zayatz, Laura, Consistent Cell Means for Topcoded Incomes in the Public Use March CPS (1976-2007) (April 2008). NBER Working Paper No. w13941, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1121732

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