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Opting or Not Opting to Share Income Tax Information with the Census: Does It Affect Research Findings?

Pierre Brochu (), Louis-Philippe Morin () and Jean-Michel Billette

Canadian Public Policy, 2014, vol. 40, issue 1, 67-83

Abstract: This paper examines the implication of the decision to give 2006 Census respondents the option of letting Statistics Canada access their income tax files rather than answering income-related questions directly. We find that giving respondents the option to share their income tax files (or not) adds a confounding factor when it comes to measuring family-income inequality, particularly for the bottom tail of the distribution. The consent decision does not, however, materially affect the estimation of standard wage equations.

Date: 2014
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