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
Why Has CEO Pay Increased So Much? Gabaix Xavier and Augustin Landier

Why Has CEO Pay Increased So Much?

Author: Gabaix Xavier and Augustin Landier
Publisher:
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What’s the Matter with What’s the Matter with Kansas? Larry M. Bartels

What’s the Matter with What’s the Matter with Kansas?

Author: Larry M. Bartels
Publisher: Journal of Political Science
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Corporate Ownership and Control: The Large Corporation and the Capitalist Class Maurice Zeitlin

Corporate Ownership and Control: The Large Corporation and the Capitalist Class

Author: Maurice Zeitlin
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
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The Condition of the Working-Class in England, 1209-2003 Clark Gregory

The Condition of the Working-Class in England, 1209-2003

Author: Clark Gregory
Publisher: Journal of Political Economy
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The Death of Class Jan Pakulski and Malcolm Waters

The Death of Class

Author: Jan Pakulski and Malcolm Waters
Publisher: Sage Publications, Ltd.
Date:

income and wealth - CPI Affiliates

David H. Autor Ford Professor of Economics, Director of National Bureau of Economic Research Disability Research Center; Co-director of the School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Walter Korpi's picture Walter Korpi Professor, Swedish Institute for Social Research
Stockholm University
Kevin F. Hallock's picture Kevin F. Hallock Kenneth F. Kahn Dean, ILR School; Joseph R. Rich Professor of Economics and Human Resource Studies; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
Cornell University
David Neumark's picture David Neumark Founding Director, Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute (ESSPRI); Chancellor’s Professor of Economics; Research Associate, NBER; Research Fellow, IZA; Director, Center for Economics & Public Policy
University of California, Irvine
William Bridges's picture William Bridges Professor of Sociology, Emeritus
University of Illinois at Chicago

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Income And Wealth - Other Research

Title Author Media
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream Barbara Ehrenreich

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
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The High-Pressure U.S. Labor Market of the 1990s Lawrence F. Katz and Alan B. Krueger

The High-Pressure U.S. Labor Market of the 1990s

Author: Lawrence F. Katz and Alan B. Krueger
Publisher: Princeton University
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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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Losers and Winners: The Financial Consequences of Separation and Divorce for Men Patricia A. McManus and Thomas A. DiPrete

Losers and Winners: The Financial Consequences of Separation and Divorce for Men

Author: Patricia A. McManus and Thomas A. DiPrete
Publisher: American Sociological Review
Date:

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