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April 2005, Vol. 128, No.4
Economic inequality through the prisms of income and consumption
David S. Johnson
Assistant Commissioner, Consumer Prices and Price Indexes, Office of Prices and Living Conditions, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Timothy M. Smeeding
Maxwell Professor, Public Policy, Syracuse University.
Barbara Boyle Torrey
Visiting Fellow, Population Reference Bureau.
Between 1981 and 2001, economic inequality among groups in the general population has increased in the United States; two measures of income and consumption are used to gauge relative well-being.
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