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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Equality and Inequality in Modern Society, or Social Stratification Revisited Talcott Parsons

Equality and Inequality in Modern Society, or Social Stratification Revisited

Author: Talcott Parsons
Publisher: The Free Press
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income and wealth - CPI Affiliates

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Income And Wealth - Other Research

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Uneven Tides: Rising Inequality in America

Uneven Tides: Rising Inequality in America

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Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
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The Deindustrialization of America Bluestone, Barry, and Bennett Harrison

The Deindustrialization of America

Author: Bluestone, Barry, and Bennett Harrison
Publisher: New York: Basic Books.
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The System of Professions Andrew Abbott

The System of Professions

Author: Andrew Abbott
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
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Unemployment in the OECD since the 1960s. What Do We Know? Stephen Nickell, Luca Nunziata and Wolfgang Ochel

Unemployment in the OECD since the 1960s. What Do We Know?

Author: Stephen Nickell, Luca Nunziata and Wolfgang Ochel
Publisher: The Economic Journal
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Money, Morals, and Manners: The Culture of the French and the American Upper-Middle Class Michele Lamont

Money, Morals, and Manners: The Culture of the French and the American Upper-Middle Class

Author: Michele Lamont
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
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