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Davis-Kean et al. link children's self-perceptions to their math and reading achievement

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Mon, Sept 11, 2017, noon:
Welcoming of Postdoctoral Fellows: Angela Bruns, Karra Greenberg, Sarah Seelye and Emily Treleaven

Stairway to affluence

Analyzing the dynamics of affluence

2/19/2016 feature story

Using data from the SSA, IRS and PSID, Fabian Pfeffer assesses the changing probability of reaching the top of the income/earnings distribution in the U.S.

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Fabian T. Pfeffer

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How Accessible is the Top? The Changing Rigidity of High Incomes and Earnings

This project will assess the changing permeability of top income and earnings positions, providing new estimates of how common it is for a person to reach the top of the income/earnings distribution in their lifetime and whether access to these top positions has changed over time. We expand upon a long-standing literature that has focused on the bottom of the income distribution, i.e. on poverty dynamics, and correct prior, likely biased estimates of the dynamics of affluence. We use new data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, Social Security Administration earnings records, IRS income tax records.

Fabian T. Pfeffer

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