Creative Destruction

September 8, 2006

Median Income – Bad Data Alert

Filed under: Economics — Ampersand @ 2:54 pm

median_income_bad_data.png

Yesterday I posted the above map, and I see that many lefty bloggers have done the same. However, as Jane Galt points out, the data behind the map was put together very poorly, and the statistics given on the map have little validity. (Thanks to Nobody.Really, who pointed out Jane’s post in comments).

Kevin Drum has posted more accurate data; although it shows that median incomes have indeed dropped in most states since 1999, the situation is not as dire as the inaccurate map made it seem.

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2 Comments »

  1. [...] Anyway, saw Ampersand’s correction, and had me a look at the Kevin Drum Analysis. [...]

    Pingback by Data not bad anymore, but misleading none the less « Creative Destruction — September 8, 2006 @ 6:09 pm | Reply

  2. I updated an article at Colorado Confidential based on this note. For Colorado, it means we’re even worse off than we thought.

    Comment by ohwilleke — September 11, 2006 @ 8:03 pm | Reply


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