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
Making Ends Meet Kathryn Edin, Laura Lein

Making Ends Meet

Author: Kathryn Edin, Laura Lein
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
Date: 04/1997
Getting a Job Mark Granovetter

Getting a Job

Author: Mark Granovetter
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Date: 03/1995
Political Power and Social Classes Nicos Poulantzas

Political Power and Social Classes

Author: Nicos Poulantzas
Publisher: Verso
Date:
Health and Welfare during Industrialization Steckel, Richard Hall, Roderick Floud

Health and Welfare during Industrialization

Author: Steckel, Richard Hall, Roderick Floud
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Date:
Historical Trends in Executive Compensation, 1936-2003 Carola Frydman and Raven E. Saks

Historical Trends in Executive Compensation, 1936-2003

Author: Carola Frydman and Raven E. Saks
Publisher:
Date:

income and wealth - CPI Affiliates

Scott M. Lynch's picture Scott M. Lynch Professor, Department of Sociology and the Population Research Institute (DUPRI); Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Duke University
Mary C. Brinton Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology
Harvard University
Glenn Firebaugh's picture Glenn Firebaugh Roy C. Buck Professor of American Institutions, Sociology,and Demography
The Pennsylvania State University
Dalton Conley's picture Dalton Conley Henry Putnam University Professor of Sociology; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
Princeton University
Sir Tony Atkinson Deceased
University of Oxford, Nuffield College

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Income And Wealth - Other Research

Title Author Media
The Division of Labor in Society Emile Durkheim

The Division of Labor in Society

Author: Emile Durkheim
Publisher: The Free Press
Date:
Cross-National Comparisons of Earning and Income Inequality Gottschalk, Peter, and Timothy Smeeding

Cross-National Comparisons of Earning and Income Inequality

Author: Gottschalk, Peter, and Timothy Smeeding
Publisher: Journal of Economic Literature
Date:
Divergent paths: economic mobility in the new American labor market Martina Morris, Mark Stephen Handcock, Marc A....

Divergent paths: economic mobility in the new American labor market

Author: Martina Morris, Mark Stephen Handcock, Marc A....
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
Date:
Wage Inequality and the Rise in Returns to Skill Chinhui Juhn, Kevin M. Murphy and Brooks Pierce

Wage Inequality and the Rise in Returns to Skill

Author: Chinhui Juhn, Kevin M. Murphy and Brooks Pierce
Publisher: Journal of Political Economy
Date:
The High-Pressure U.S. Labor Market of the 1990s Lawrence F. Katz and Alan B. Krueger

The High-Pressure U.S. Labor Market of the 1990s

Author: Lawrence F. Katz and Alan B. Krueger
Publisher: Princeton University
Date:

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