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Rounding in earnings data

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  • Mark E. Schweitzer
  • Eric K. Severance-Lossin

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A report showing that although rounding in earnings data is typically ignored, its systematic nature affects some commonly used statistics based on earnings data, particularly those focusing on a specific region of the wage distribution.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in its series Working Paper with number 9612.

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Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcwp:9612

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Keywords: Wages ; Statistics;

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  1. David Brauer, 1998. "The changing U.S. income distribution: facts, explanations, and unresolved issues," Research Paper, Federal Reserve Bank of New York 9811, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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