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

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Approaches to Class Analysis

Approaches to Class Analysis

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The Division of Labor in Society Durkheim, Emile

The Division of Labor in Society

Author: Durkheim, Emile
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Evangelicals in the Power Elite: Elite Cohesion Adavancing a Movement Lindsay D. Michael

Evangelicals in the Power Elite: Elite Cohesion Adavancing a Movement

Author: Lindsay D. Michael
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Class, Crisis, and the State‎ Wright, Olin E.

Class, Crisis, and the State‎

Author: Wright, Olin E.
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Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study Orlando Patterson

Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study

Author: Orlando Patterson
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Income And Wealth - CPI Affiliates

Zephyr Frank Professor of Latin American History Stanford University

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Income And Wealth - Other Research

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Marxism and Class Theory: A Bourgeois Critique Frank Parkin

Marxism and Class Theory: A Bourgeois Critique

Author: Frank Parkin
Publisher: Columbia University Press
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The Deindustrialization of America Bluestone, Barry, and Bennett Harrison

The Deindustrialization of America

Author: Bluestone, Barry, and Bennett Harrison
Publisher: New York: Basic Books.
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The Shadow of Exploitation in Weber's Class Analysis Erik O. Wright

The Shadow of Exploitation in Weber's Class Analysis

Author: Erik O. Wright
Publisher: American Sociological Review
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The Rise of Intra-Occupational Wage Inequality in the United States, 1983 to 2002 Chang Kim, Hwan and Arthur Sakamoto

The Rise of Intra-Occupational Wage Inequality in the United States, 1983 to 2002

Author: Chang Kim, Hwan and Arthur Sakamoto
Publisher: American Sociological Review
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The Brave New World of Work Ulrich Bech

The Brave New World of Work

Author: Ulrich Bech
Publisher: Polity Press
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