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
Inequality, Income Growth, and Mobility: The Basic Facts Peter Gottschalk

Inequality, Income Growth, and Mobility: The Basic Facts

Author: Peter Gottschalk
Publisher: Journal of Economic Perspectives
Date:
The New Geography of Global Income Inequality Glenn Firebaugh

The New Geography of Global Income Inequality

Author: Glenn Firebaugh
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Homo Hierarchicus Dumont, Louis.

Homo Hierarchicus

Author: Dumont, Louis.
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Runaway World Anthony Giddens

Runaway World

Author: Anthony Giddens
Publisher: Routledge
Date:
Compensation Inequality Brooks Pierce

Compensation Inequality

Author: Brooks Pierce
Publisher: Quarterly Journal of Economic
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income and wealth - CPI Affiliates

Glenn Firebaugh's picture Glenn Firebaugh Roy C. Buck Professor of American Institutions, Sociology,and Demography
The Pennsylvania State University
Daniel S. Hamermesh's picture Daniel S. Hamermesh Professor of Economics, Royal Holloway University of London; Sue Killam Professor Emeritus in the Foundation of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
Royal Halloway University of London
Thomas A. DiPrete's picture Thomas A. DiPrete Giddings Professor of Sociology; Co-Director, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Columbia University
Melvin L. Kohn's picture Melvin L. Kohn Professor Emeritus, Sociology; Academy Professor in The Academy at JHU/KSAS; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Johns Hopkins University
Gosta Esping-Andersen's picture Gosta Esping-Andersen Professor of Sociology
Universitat Pompeu Fabra

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Income And Wealth - Other Research

Title Author Media
Class counts: comparative studies in class analysis Erik Olin Wright

Class counts: comparative studies in class analysis

Author: Erik Olin Wright
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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An Outline of a Theory of the Matching of Persons to Jobs Aage B. Sørensen and Arne L. Kalleberg

An Outline of a Theory of the Matching of Persons to Jobs

Author: Aage B. Sørensen and Arne L. Kalleberg
Publisher: Academic Press
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Outsourcing at Will: The Contribution of Unjust Dismissal Doctrine to the Growth of Employment Outsourcing David H. Autor

Outsourcing at Will: The Contribution of Unjust Dismissal Doctrine to the Growth of Employment Outsourcing

Author: David H. Autor
Publisher: Journal of Labor Economics
Date:
Are You Sure You’re Saving Enough for Retirement? Jonathan Skinner

Are You Sure You’re Saving Enough for Retirement?

Author: Jonathan Skinner
Publisher: Journal of Economic Perspectives
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Class and Class Conflict in Industrial Society Ralf Dahrendorf

Class and Class Conflict in Industrial Society

Author: Ralf Dahrendorf
Publisher: Stanford University Press
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