Measuring Income Inequality in the US: Methodological Issues

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Measuring Income Inequality in the US: Methodological Issues

December 5, 2018

Abstract

This brief discusses in depth the methodological issues of measuring income inequality in the US as discussed by Rose (2018). The primary issues concern different studies’ definitions of income, datasets, units of analysis, income measures (market incomes only; total cash income with government transfers; and posttax, posttransfer income), income adjustments for household size, and the price deflators.

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