Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.12, No.4, 1996. pp. 403–419
Modeling Income in the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey
Geoffrey D. Paulin and Elizabeth M. Sweet
Abstract:Nonresponse to income questions is common in household surveys. Using data from the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey, the authors explore different procedures designed to yield a model-based imputation strategy for wage and salary income of two-person consumer units. Selected variables from each are synthesized into a final model that is tested for proper specification. Results of the final model indicate that imputation will increase the means of published Consumer Expenditure Survey income data.
Keywords:Missing data; nonresponse; imputation; missing at random.
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