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
Luxury Fever: Why Money Fails to Satisfy in an Era of Excess Robert H Frank

Luxury Fever: Why Money Fails to Satisfy in an Era of Excess

Author: Robert H Frank
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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Evangelicals in the Power Elite: Elite Cohesion Adavancing a Movement Lindsay D. Michael

Evangelicals in the Power Elite: Elite Cohesion Adavancing a Movement

Author: Lindsay D. Michael
Publisher:
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Approaches to Class Analysis

Approaches to Class Analysis

Author:
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The Division of Labor in Society Durkheim, Emile

The Division of Labor in Society

Author: Durkheim, Emile
Publisher:
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Growing Public: Social Spending and Economic Growth since the Eighteenth Century Peter H. Lindert

Growing Public: Social Spending and Economic Growth since the Eighteenth Century

Author: Peter H. Lindert
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date:

income and wealth - CPI Affiliates

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Income And Wealth - Other Research

Title Author Media
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
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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
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Differences and Changes in Wage Structures

Differences and Changes in Wage Structures

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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Class, Status, Party Max Weber

Class, Status, Party

Author: Max Weber
Publisher: Routledge
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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
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