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
Economic Growth and Income Inequality Kuznets, Simon

Economic Growth and Income Inequality

Author: Kuznets, Simon
Publisher: American Economic Review
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The Coming of Post-Industrial Society Daniel Bell

The Coming of Post-Industrial Society

Author: Daniel Bell
Publisher: Basic Books
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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
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Recent Trends in the Size Distribution of Household Wealth Edward N. Wolff

Recent Trends in the Size Distribution of Household Wealth

Author: Edward N. Wolff
Publisher: Journal of Economic Perspectives
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Digital Inequality Dimaggio, Paul, Eszter Hargittai, Coral Celeste,...

Digital Inequality

Author: Dimaggio, Paul, Eszter Hargittai, Coral Celeste,...
Publisher: Westview Press
Date:

income and wealth - CPI Affiliates

Solomon Polachek's picture Solomon Polachek University Distinguished Professor; IZA Research Fellow
Binghamton University

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Income And Wealth - Other Research

Title Author Media
The Role of Shocks and Institutions in the Rise of European Unemployment: The Aggregate Evidence Olivier J. Blanchard and Justin Wolfers

The Role of Shocks and Institutions in the Rise of European Unemployment: The Aggregate Evidence

Author: Olivier J. Blanchard and Justin Wolfers
Publisher: The Economic Journal
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The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality Jerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson

The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality

Author: Jerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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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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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
Date:

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