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The Rich and the Poor: Demographics of the United States Wealth Distribution

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Weicher, John C. (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
demographic characteristics; income distribution; poverty; wealth
  • Abstract

    This research describes the demographic attributes of both rich and poor households, and also the composition of their holdings. The data are drawn from surveys of household wealth conducted for the Federal Reserve Board in 1983, 1989, and 1992, years that approximate the turning points of the 1982-1991 business cycle.
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    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • (1) The file submitted is JA97PRG.EXE, which unzips to a series of SAS programs. (2) These data are part of ICPSR's Publication-Related Archive and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigator(s) if further information is desired.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 1176 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR01176.v1
  • Weicher, John C.. The rich and the poor: Demographics of the U.S. wealth distribution. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review.79, (4), 25-37.1997.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Weicher, John C. (1998): The Rich and the Poor: Demographics of the United States Wealth Distribution. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.