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
Earnings Losses of Displaced Workers Jacobson, Louis S., Robert J. Lalonde and Daniel...

Earnings Losses of Displaced Workers

Author: Jacobson, Louis S., Robert J. Lalonde and Daniel...
Publisher: American Economic Review
Date:
When Affirmative Action Was White Ira Katznelson

When Affirmative Action Was White

Author: Ira Katznelson
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
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Real Inequality in Western Europe since 1500 Philip T. Hoffman, David Jacks, Patricia Levin,...

Real Inequality in Western Europe since 1500

Author: Philip T. Hoffman, David Jacks, Patricia Levin,...
Publisher: Journal of Economic History
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Classes in Capitalism and Pre-Capitalism Karl Marx

Classes in Capitalism and Pre-Capitalism

Author: Karl Marx
Publisher: Westview Press, Inc
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Egalitarian Societies Woodburn, James.

Egalitarian Societies

Author: Woodburn, James.
Publisher:
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income and wealth - CPI Affiliates

Robin Samuel's picture Robin Samuel Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Luxembourg
John Van Reenen's picture John Van Reenen Professor of Applied Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ronald L. Breiger Professor of Sociology; Professor (by courtesy), School of Government and Public Policy; Affiliate Member, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Statistics at the University of Arizona
University of Arizona
Jonas Pontusson's picture Jonas Pontusson Professor of Comparative Politics
University of Geneva
Ruud Luijkx's picture Ruud Luijkx Associate Professor of Sociology
Tilburg University

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Income And Wealth - Other Research

Title Author Media
Alienation and Social Class Karl Marx

Alienation and Social Class

Author: Karl Marx
Publisher: Westview Press
Date:
Income Inequality in the United States, 1913-2002 Thomas Piketty and Emanuel Saez

Income Inequality in the United States, 1913-2002

Author: Thomas Piketty and Emanuel Saez
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The Great U-Turn: Corporate Restructuring and the Polarizing of America Bennett Harrison and Barry Bluestone

The Great U-Turn: Corporate Restructuring and the Polarizing of America

Author: Bennett Harrison and Barry Bluestone
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
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Careers, Labor Market Structure, and Socioeconomic Achievement Spilerman, Seymour.

Careers, Labor Market Structure, and Socioeconomic Achievement

Author: Spilerman, Seymour.
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
Date:
The Second Industrial Divide: Possibilities for Prosperity Michael J. Piore and Charles F. Sabel

The Second Industrial Divide: Possibilities for Prosperity

Author: Michael J. Piore and Charles F. Sabel
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
Date:

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