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
Political Power and Social Classes Nicos Poulantzas

Political Power and Social Classes

Author: Nicos Poulantzas
Publisher: Verso
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Health and Welfare during Industrialization Steckel, Richard Hall, Roderick Floud

Health and Welfare during Industrialization

Author: Steckel, Richard Hall, Roderick Floud
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Historical Trends in Executive Compensation, 1936-2003 Carola Frydman and Raven E. Saks

Historical Trends in Executive Compensation, 1936-2003

Author: Carola Frydman and Raven E. Saks
Publisher:
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Toward a Sounder Basis for Class Analysis Aage B. Sørensen

Toward a Sounder Basis for Class Analysis

Author: Aage B. Sørensen
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
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Human Capital, Effort and the Sexual Division of Labor Becker, Gary S.

Human Capital, Effort and the Sexual Division of Labor

Author: Becker, Gary S.
Publisher: Journal of Labor Economics
Date:

income and wealth - CPI Affiliates

Noah Lewin-Epstein's picture Noah Lewin-Epstein Professor of Sociology; Dean of the Faculty of Social Science
Tel Aviv University
Joanne Martin's picture Joanne Martin Fred H. Merrill Professor of Organizational Behavior (emerita); Professor of Sociology (by courtesy)
Stanford University
Mark G. Kelman's picture Mark G. Kelman James C. Gaither Professor of Law; Vice Dean; Jurist
Stanford University
Trond Petersen's picture Trond Petersen Professor; Associate Dean of the Division of Social Sciences
University of California, Berkeley
Patricia A. Roos's picture Patricia A. Roos Professor of Sociology
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

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Income And Wealth - Other Research

Title Author Media
A Treatise on the Family Gary S. Becker

A Treatise on the Family

Author: Gary S. Becker
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Bad jobs in America : Standard and nonstandard employment relations and job quality in the United States Arne L. Kalleberg, Barbara F. Reskin and Ken...

Bad jobs in America : Standard and nonstandard employment relations and job quality in the United States

Author: Arne L. Kalleberg, Barbara F. Reskin and Ken...
Publisher: American Sociological Review
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Nickel-and-Dimed: On (not) Getting by in America Barbara Ehrenreich

Nickel-and-Dimed: On (not) Getting by in America

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Publisher: Macmillan
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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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Careers, Labor Market Structure, and Socioeconomic Achievement Spilerman, Seymour.

Careers, Labor Market Structure, and Socioeconomic Achievement

Author: Spilerman, Seymour.
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
Date:

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