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 Coming of Post-Industrial Society Daniel Bell

The Coming of Post-Industrial Society

Author: Daniel Bell
Publisher: Basic Books
Date:
Opposing Forces: How, Why, and When Will Gender Inequality Disappear? Robert Max Jackson

Opposing Forces: How, Why, and When Will Gender Inequality Disappear?

Author: Robert Max Jackson
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
Date:
Economic Growth and Income Inequality Kuznets, Simon

Economic Growth and Income Inequality

Author: Kuznets, Simon
Publisher: American Economic Review
Date:
Digital Inequality Dimaggio, Paul, Eszter Hargittai, Coral Celeste,...

Digital Inequality

Author: Dimaggio, Paul, Eszter Hargittai, Coral Celeste,...
Publisher: Westview Press
Date:
The inner circle: large corporations and the rise of business political activity in the U.S. and U.K. Michael Useem

The inner circle: large corporations and the rise of business political activity in the U.S. and U.K.

Author: Michael Useem
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date:

income and wealth - CPI Affiliates

Edward B. Montgomery's picture Edward B. Montgomery Dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy; Research Associate, National Bureau for Economic Research; Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration
Georgetown University

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Income And Wealth - Other Research

Title Author Media
Is Inequality Harmful for Growth? Torsten, Persson and Guido Tabellini

Is Inequality Harmful for Growth?

Author: Torsten, Persson and Guido Tabellini
Publisher: American Economic Review
Date:
Differences and Changes in Wage Structures

Differences and Changes in Wage Structures

Author:
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Labor Market Institutions and the Distribution of Wages, 1973-1992: A Semiparametric Approach John DiNardo, Nicole M. Fortin and Thomas Lemieux

Labor Market Institutions and the Distribution of Wages, 1973-1992: A Semiparametric Approach

Author: John DiNardo, Nicole M. Fortin and Thomas Lemieux
Publisher: Econometrica
Date:
Class, Status, Party Max Weber

Class, Status, Party

Author: Max Weber
Publisher: Routledge
Date:
Hard Choices: How Women Decide about Work, Career, and Motherhood Kathleen Gerson

Hard Choices: How Women Decide about Work, Career, and Motherhood

Author: Kathleen Gerson
Publisher: University of California Press
Date:

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