Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/27389
Authors: 
Jenkins, Stephen P.
Burkhauser, Richard V.
Feng, Shuaizhang
Larrimore, Jeff
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers 866
Abstract: 
To measure income inequality with right censored (topcoded) data, we propose multiple imputation for censored observations using draws from Generalized Beta of the Second Kind distributions to provide partially synthetic datasets analyzed using complete data methods. Estimation and inference uses Reiter's (Survey Methodology 2003) formulae. Using Current Population Survey (CPS) internal data, we find few statistically significant differences in income inequality for pairs of years between 1995 and 2004. We also show that using CPS public use data with cell mean imputations may lead to incorrect inferences about inequality differences. Multiply-imputed public use data provide an intermediate solution.
Subjects: 
Income inequality
topcoding
partially synthetic data
CPS
current population survey
generalized beta of the second kind distribution
JEL: 
D31
C46
C81
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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