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Activity Number: 286
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Government Statistics
Abstract - #304539
Title: Evaluating the Construct of a Canberra Household Income Definition Using CPS ASEC
Author(s): Jessica Semega*+
Companies: U.S. Census Bureau
Address: 302 Edelen Station Place, LaPlata, MD, 20646, United States
Keywords: Canberra ; household ; income

The Canberra Group is an expert panel that initially came together in 1996 to discuss and to enhance the comparability of national household income statistics. The result of this panel was the Canberra Group Handbook (The Canberra Group, 2001). This paper discusses the use of CPS ASEC variables to construct household income estimates based on the recommendations in an updated version, Canberra Group Handbook on Household Income Statistics Second Edition (The Canberra Group, 2011). This is the Census Bureau's attempt to apply Canberra Group methodology and concepts to broaden the money income definition to compare internationally. This paper will discuss the feasibility and limitations of using ASEC variables in a Canberra Group definition of household income. Summary measures will be presented for calendar year 2010.

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