Income and Wealth Inequality

  • Nicholas Bloom
  • Raj Chetty
  • Emmanuel Saez

Leaders: Nicholas Bloom, Raj Chetty, Emmanuel Saez

The CPI is home to some of the country’s most influential analyses of the income and wealth distribution. The purpose of the Income and Wealth RG is to monitor the ongoing takeoff in income inequality, to better understand its sources, and to analyze its implications for labor market performance, educational attainment, mobility, and more. The following is a sampling of the CPI’s research projects within this area.

Trends in income and wealth inequality: What are the key trends in U.S. income and wealth inequality? The U.S. increasingly looks to Emmanuel Saez and his research team for the latest data on U.S. economic inequality.

Distributional National Accounts: In an ambitious infrastructural project, Emmanuel Saez and his team are building a “Distributional National Accounts” based on tax returns, a data set that will eliminate the current gap between (a) national accounts data based on economic aggregates and (b) inequality analysis that uses micro-level tax data to examine the distribution of income but is not consistent with national aggregates. This new data set will in turn make it possible to evaluate the extent to which economic growth, which has long been represented as a preferred poverty-reduction approach, is indeed delivering on that objective.

The rise of between-firm inequality: How much of the rise in earnings inequality can be attributed to increasing between-firm dispersion in the average wages they pay? This question can be addressed by constructing a matched employer-employee data set for the United States using administrative records.

Rent and inequality: It is increasingly fashionable to argue that “rent” accounts for much of the takeoff in income inequality. The Current Population Survey can be used to assess whether this claim is on the mark. 

Income And Wealth - CPI Research

Title Author Media
Caste in India and the United States Berreman, Gerald D.

Caste in India and the United States

Author: Berreman, Gerald D.
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
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The Dignity of Working Men Michele Lamont

The Dignity of Working Men

Author: Michele Lamont
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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The Two Faces of Capital: Corporations and Individual Capitalists as Political Actors Val Burris

The Two Faces of Capital: Corporations and Individual Capitalists as Political Actors

Author: Val Burris
Publisher:
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From Class to Culture Michael Hechter

From Class to Culture

Author: Michael Hechter
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
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Power and Privilege: A Theory of Social Stratification Gerhard E. Lenski

Power and Privilege: A Theory of Social Stratification

Author: Gerhard E. Lenski
Publisher: University of N. Carolina Press
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income and wealth - CPI Affiliates

Glenn Firebaugh's picture Glenn Firebaugh Roy C. Buck Professor of American Institutions, Sociology,and Demography
The Pennsylvania State University
Daniel S. Hamermesh's picture Daniel S. Hamermesh Professor of Economics, Royal Holloway University of London; Sue Killam Professor Emeritus in the Foundation of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
Royal Halloway University of London

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Income And Wealth - Other Research

Title Author Media
Losers and Winners: The Financial Consequences of Separation and Divorce for Men Patricia A. McManus and Thomas A. DiPrete

Losers and Winners: The Financial Consequences of Separation and Divorce for Men

Author: Patricia A. McManus and Thomas A. DiPrete
Publisher: American Sociological Review
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Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste Pierre Bourdieu

Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste

Author: Pierre Bourdieu
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Falling from Grace Katherine S. Newman

Falling from Grace

Author: Katherine S. Newman
Publisher: University of California Press
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Classification in Art DiMaggio, Paul

Classification in Art

Author: DiMaggio, Paul
Publisher: American Sociological Review
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The Capitalist World-Economy Wallerstein, Immanuel

The Capitalist World-Economy

Author: Wallerstein, Immanuel
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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