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Income Received in Wisconsin, 1936



This PDF is a selection from an out-of-print volume from the National Bureau of Economic Research Volume Title: Analysis of Wisconsin Income Volume Author/Editor: Frank A. Hanna, Joseph A. Pechman, and Sidney M. Lerner Volume Publisher: NBER Volume ISBN: 0-870-14164-3 Volume URL: Publication Date: 1948 Chapter Title: Income Received in Wisconsin, 1936 Chapter Author: Frank A. Hanna, Joseph A. Pechman, Sidney M. Lerner Chapter URL: Chapter pages in book: (p. 17 - 58) PART I income Received in Wisconsin, 1936 FRANK A. HANNA J OSEPH A. PECHMAN AND SIDNEY M. LERNER PART I PRESENTS an estimate of the income received in Wisconsin in 1936 and its distribution by both size and type (Table 1). The estimate was prepared in an effort to find out how feasible was the preparation of such an estimate for a noncensus year and from state sources; what kinds of data are available that can be used for this purpose; and what problems are encountered in the process. Wisconsin's income tax yielded income data for 32 per- cent of the state's income recipients, or more than three and one- half times the coverage then provided by federal income tax re- turns. This body of data provided an excellent starting point for such an experiment. Many data were also available from the state's unemployment compensation system and various licensing provisions. Furthermore, estimates of the number of recipients and the total income received in Wisconsin were needed as back- ground for analytical studies based almost wholly on income tax data (Parts II and III).' Since there was no single body of data covering all phases of Wisconsin's ecomimic activity, it was necessary to tap a number of sources and prepare separate estimates, first for farmers, then for nonagricultural entrepreneurs, and then for wage earners. Once these estimates were available, they had to be combined into a single series. Since a person

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