I had the pleasure of collaborating with Catherine Rampell of the NY Times on a piece that she recently posted here. We looked at recently released Census data on median income and examined whether — or to what extent — it played a factor in the 2008 presidential election. The answer — apparently not much — surprised us both. I intend to have a closer look at the data, perhaps break it down by decile, and see if it looks any different under the magnifying glass than it does to the naked eye. I will confess I’d fully expected a different outcome on the macro level.
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