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
From Poverty to Perversity: Ideas, Markets, and Institutions over 200 Years of Welfare Debate Margaret R. Somers and Fred Block

From Poverty to Perversity: Ideas, Markets, and Institutions over 200 Years of Welfare Debate

Author: Margaret R. Somers and Fred Block
Publisher: American Sociological Review
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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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Corporate Ownership around the World Rafael La Porta, Florencio Lopez-De-Silanes and...

Corporate Ownership around the World

Author: Rafael La Porta, Florencio Lopez-De-Silanes and...
Publisher:
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Top Heavy: A Study of the Increasing Inequality of Wealth in America Edward N. Wolff

Top Heavy: A Study of the Increasing Inequality of Wealth in America

Author: Edward N. Wolff
Publisher: The Century Foundation, Inc.
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Inequality among World Citizens: 1820-1992 Bourguignon, François and Christian Morrisson

Inequality among World Citizens: 1820-1992

Author: Bourguignon, François and Christian Morrisson
Publisher: American Economic Review
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income and wealth - CPI Affiliates

Zephyr Frank's picture Zephyr Frank Professor of Latin American History; Director of the program on Urban Studies
Stanford University
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
Eli Berman Chair and Professor of Economics; Research Director for International Security Studies at the Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
University of California, San Diego
Harry B. G. Ganzeboom's Image Harry B. G. Ganzeboom Professor of Sociology and Social Research Methodology
Free University Amsterdam
Magnus Nermo's picture Magnus Nermo Professor of Sociology; Head of the Sociology Department; Associate Researcher at the Swedish Institute for Social Research
Stockholm University

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Income And Wealth - Other Research

Title Author Media
The Capitalist World-Economy Wallerstein, Immanuel

The Capitalist World-Economy

Author: Wallerstein, Immanuel
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Understanding the Gender Gap Claudia Goldin

Understanding the Gender Gap

Author: Claudia Goldin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The Winner-Take-All Society Robert H. Frank and Philip J. Cook

The Winner-Take-All Society

Author: Robert H. Frank and Philip J. Cook
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Cohabitation and the Declining Marriage Premium for Men Philip N. Cohen

Cohabitation and the Declining Marriage Premium for Men

Author: Philip N. Cohen
Publisher: Work and Occupations
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Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste Pierre Bourdieu

Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste

Author: Pierre Bourdieu
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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