Thursday, April 28, 2005

Statistics: Income and Inequality

From the people at NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research, why, why must everyone have an acronym) we get the newly updated Income Inequality in the United States, 1913-1998 (with series data up to 2000, though I have no idea why it doesn't go up to 2003 or 2004).

The paper has a ton of useful charts based on official government statistics. More importantly, all of the data involved is available in Excel format. This means that I can actually use it, and not just think about how nice it would be if I could use it. Just click on the html strings that end in .xls, hit Save, and viola! The only down side is that much of their raw data isn't labeled very well. But it everything does refer back to charts that are in the report, which do in fact explain the data. Yeah.
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