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
Executive Compensation: Six Questions that Need Answering John M. Abowd and David S. Kaplan

Executive Compensation: Six Questions that Need Answering

Author: John M. Abowd and David S. Kaplan
Publisher:
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Are All the Good Men Married? Uncovering the Sources of the Marital Wage Premium Kate Antonovics and Robert Town

Are All the Good Men Married? Uncovering the Sources of the Marital Wage Premium

Author: Kate Antonovics and Robert Town
Publisher: American Economic Review
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The Achieving Society David C. McClelland

The Achieving Society

Author: David C. McClelland
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
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A Theory of Market Transition: From Redistribution to Markets in State Socialism Nee, Victor

A Theory of Market Transition: From Redistribution to Markets in State Socialism

Author: Nee, Victor
Publisher: American Sociological Review
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Destined for Equality: The Inevitable Rise of Women's Status Robert Max Jackson

Destined for Equality: The Inevitable Rise of Women's Status

Author: Robert Max Jackson
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Date:

income and wealth - CPI Affiliates

Linda Darling-Hammond's picture Linda Darling-Hammond Charles Ducommon Emeritus Professor of Education; Co-Director, School Redesign Network (SRN)
Stanford University
Duane Alwin's picture Duane Alwin McCourtney Professor of Sociology and Demography, Director, Center on Population Health and Aging
Pennsylvania State University
Samuel R. Lucas's picture Samuel R. Lucas Professor of Sociology; Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of California, Berkeley
Lisa Catanzarite's picture Lisa Catanzarite Vice President, Research and Evaluation, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce & UNITE-LA; Adjunct Professor, San Diego State University
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce & UNITE-LA
Edward B. Montgomery's picture Edward B. Montgomery Dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy; Research Associate, National Bureau for Economic Research; Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration
Georgetown University

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Income And Wealth - Other Research

Title Author Media
False Promises: The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness Stanley Aronowitz

False Promises: The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness

Author: Stanley Aronowitz
Publisher: Duke University Press
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International Differences in Male Wage Inequality: Institutions versus Market Forces Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn

International Differences in Male Wage Inequality: Institutions versus Market Forces

Author: Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn
Publisher: Journal of Political Economy
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Internal Labor Markets and Manpower Analysis Peter B. Doeringer and Michael J. Piore

Internal Labor Markets and Manpower Analysis

Author: Peter B. Doeringer and Michael J. Piore
Publisher: M E Sharpe, Inc
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Changes in the Structure of Wages in the 1980’s: An Evaluation of Alternative Explanations John Bound and George Johnson

Changes in the Structure of Wages in the 1980’s: An Evaluation of Alternative Explanations

Author: John Bound and George Johnson
Publisher: American Economic Review
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The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality Jerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson

The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality

Author: Jerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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