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
The Inner Circle Michael Ussem

The Inner Circle

Author: Michael Ussem
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Survival of the Richest Clark, Gregory and Gillian Hamilton

Survival of the Richest

Author: Clark, Gregory and Gillian Hamilton
Publisher: Journal of Economic History
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Are CEOs Rewarded for Luck? The Ones Without Principals Are Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan

Are CEOs Rewarded for Luck? The Ones Without Principals Are

Author: Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan
Publisher:
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Wealth Concentration in a Developing Economy: Paris and France, 1807–1994 Thomas Piketty, Gilles Postel-Vinay, and Jean-...

Wealth Concentration in a Developing Economy: Paris and France, 1807–1994

Author: Thomas Piketty, Gilles Postel-Vinay, and Jean-...
Publisher: American economic review
Date:
The American Occupational Structure Blau Peter M. and Otis D. Duncan

The American Occupational Structure

Author: Blau Peter M. and Otis D. Duncan
Publisher:
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income and wealth - CPI Affiliates

Fiona Devine's picture Fiona Devine Head of Alliance Manchester Business School; Professor of Sociology
The University of Manchester
Bruce D. Meyer's picture Bruce D. Meyer McCormick Foundation Professor of Public Policy; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
University of Chicago
Solomon Polachek's picture Solomon Polachek University Distinguished Professor; IZA Research Fellow
Binghamton University
Mark Western's picture Mark Western Professor of Sociology; Director of the Institute for Social Science Research; Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families Over the Life Course
The University of Queensland
Gary N. Marks's picture Gary N. Marks Principal Research Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
Australian Catholic University

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Income And Wealth - Other Research

Title Author Media
Class, Status, Party Max Weber

Class, Status, Party

Author: Max Weber
Publisher: Routledge
Date:
Hard Choices: How Women Decide about Work, Career, and Motherhood Kathleen Gerson

Hard Choices: How Women Decide about Work, Career, and Motherhood

Author: Kathleen Gerson
Publisher: University of California Press
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Life Course Risks, Mobility Regimes, and Mobility Consequences: A Comparison of Sweden, Germany, and the U.S. Thomas A. DiPrete

Life Course Risks, Mobility Regimes, and Mobility Consequences: A Comparison of Sweden, Germany, and the U.S.

Author: Thomas A. DiPrete
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
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Manufacturing Consent: Changes in the Labor Process under Monopoly Capitalism Michael Burawoy

Manufacturing Consent: Changes in the Labor Process under Monopoly Capitalism

Author: Michael Burawoy
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Governmental Constraints and Labor Market Mobility Abbott, A. and D.R. Smith

Governmental Constraints and Labor Market Mobility

Author: Abbott, A. and D.R. Smith
Publisher:
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