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 Protestant Establishment: Aristocracy and Caste in America E. Digby Baltzell

The Protestant Establishment: Aristocracy and Caste in America

Author: E. Digby Baltzell
Publisher: Yale University Press
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Three Centuries of Inequality in Britain and America Lindert, Peter.

Three Centuries of Inequality in Britain and America

Author: Lindert, Peter.
Publisher: Handbook of Income Distribution
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Berle and Means Revisited: The Governance and Power of Large U.S. Corporations Mark S. Mizruchi

Berle and Means Revisited: The Governance and Power of Large U.S. Corporations

Author: Mark S. Mizruchi
Publisher:
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Class and Status: The Conceptual Distinction and its Empirical Relevance Wing Chan Tak John H. Goldthorpe

Class and Status: The Conceptual Distinction and its Empirical Relevance

Author: Wing Chan Tak John H. Goldthorpe
Publisher: American Sociological Review
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Preparing for Power: America’s Elite Boarding Schools Cookson, Jr., Peter W. and Caroline Hodges Persell

Preparing for Power: America’s Elite Boarding Schools

Author: Cookson, Jr., Peter W. and Caroline Hodges Persell
Publisher: Basic Books
Date:

income and wealth - CPI Affiliates

Hannah Brueckner Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity; Professor and Program Head, Social Research and Public Policy
New York University at Abu Dhabi
Daron Acemoglu's picture Daron Acemoglu Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tim Biblarz's picture Tim Biblarz Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
University of Southern California
Michael Olneck's picture Michael Olneck Professor Emeritus of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Harold R. Kerbo's picture Harold R. Kerbo Professor of Sociology
California Polytechnic State University

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Income And Wealth - Other Research

Title Author Media
Neighbors as Negatives: Relative Earnings and Well-Being Erzo F. P. Luttmer

Neighbors as Negatives: Relative Earnings and Well-Being

Author: Erzo F. P. Luttmer
Publisher:
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Social Mobility in Industrial Society Seymour Martin Lipset and Reinhard Bendix

Social Mobility in Industrial Society

Author: Seymour Martin Lipset and Reinhard Bendix
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Date:
Wage and Productivity Dispersion in United States Manufacturing: The Role of Computer Investment Timothy Dunne, Lucia Foster, John Haltiwanger,...

Wage and Productivity Dispersion in United States Manufacturing: The Role of Computer Investment

Author: Timothy Dunne, Lucia Foster, John Haltiwanger,...
Publisher: Journal of Labor Economics
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The Theory of the Leisure Class Thorstein Veblen

The Theory of the Leisure Class

Author: Thorstein Veblen
Publisher: Modern Library
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The Credential Society: An Historical Sociology of Education and Stratification Randall Collins

The Credential Society: An Historical Sociology of Education and Stratification

Author: Randall Collins
Publisher: Academic Press
Date:

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