ERIC Number: ED484522
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Movements in the U.S. Income Distribution, 1996-1999. Household Economics Studies. Current Population Reports. P70-95
Hisnanick, John J.; Walker, Katherine G.
US Department of Commerce
As measured by the most recent income data available from the Current Population Survey (CPS), between 1996 and 2002 median household income increased 4.7 percent more than inflation. That statistic compares a "snapshot" of households in 1996 with another "snapshot" in 2002. This report uses the most recent longitudinal data available from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), to examine movements in the incomes of the same households within the income distribution during the first part of this period (1996 to 1999.) A longitudinal survey captures changes for the same individuals over a period of time. The 1996 SIPP panel is a longitudinal survey that tried to interview 36,700 households 12 times at 4 month intervals from April 1996 through March 2000, following all members of the original sample household. Demographic and economic characteristics for the same households, families, and individuals were gathered during each interview, whereas special topics varied from interview to interview. The SIPP collects more detailed data than any other national survey on general income sources and amounts; program eligibility, access and participation; transfer income; and in kind benefits.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Washington, DC. Economics and Statistics Administration.