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Share of taxpayers at the top of the income distribution in 1996 ending up in various income groups in 2005

Source: Authors' analysis of U.S. Department of the Treasury (2007, Table 2)

Updated May 16, 2012

Documentation and methodology

Data are from U.S. Department of the Treasury (2007), Table 2, “The Degree of Mobility Remains Substantial after Restricting the Analysis to Taxpayers Included in the Panel of Tax Returns.” The table uses the tax returns of primary and secondary nondependent taxpayers who were age 25 and older in 1996 and filed for both 1996 and 2005. Income cutoffs for the percentiles are based only on the tax returns of the panel population. Income is cash income in 2005 dollars.

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