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Improving imputations of top incomes in the public-use current population survey by using both cell-means and variances

  • Burkhauser, Richard V.
  • Feng, Shuaizhang
  • Larrimore, Jeff

Using internal March CPS data, we construct and make available variances and cell-means for all topcoded income values in the public-use CPS. We then demonstrate how their inclusion can improve existing imputation methods in the labor earnings inequality literature.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 108 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 69-72

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  1. Richard Burkhauser & Shuaizhang Feng & Jeff Larrimore, 2008. "Measuring Labor Earnings Inequality Using Public-Use March Current Population Survey Data: The Value of Including Variances and Cell Means When Imputing Topcoded Values," Working Papers 08-38, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
  2. Thomas Lemieux, 2006. "Increasing Residual Wage Inequality: Composition Effects, Noisy Data, or Rising Demand for Skill?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 96(3), pages 461-498, June.
  3. David H. Autor & Lawrence F. Katz & Melissa S. Kearney, 2008. "Trends in U.S. Wage Inequality: Revising the Revisionists," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 90(2), pages 300-323, May.
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