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
Four Gloomy Futures for Sex Segregation David B. Grusky, Asaf Levanon

Four Gloomy Futures for Sex Segregation

Author: David B. Grusky, Asaf Levanon
Publisher: Westview Press
Date: 01/2007
The Rise and Fall of Benign Narratives about Inequality David B. Grusky, Szonja Szelenyi

The Rise and Fall of Benign Narratives about Inequality

Author: David B. Grusky, Szonja Szelenyi
Publisher: Westview Press
Date: 01/2006
Recent Trends in the Inheritance of Poverty and Family Structure Kelly Musick, Robert D. Mare

Recent Trends in the Inheritance of Poverty and Family Structure

Author: Kelly Musick, Robert D. Mare
Publisher: Social Science Research
Date: 01/2004
The Motherhood Wage Penalty: Revisited: Experience, Heterogeneity, Work Effort and Work-Schedule Flexibility Deborah Anderson, Melissa Binder, Kate S Krause

The Motherhood Wage Penalty: Revisited: Experience, Heterogeneity, Work Effort and Work-Schedule Flexibility

Author: Deborah Anderson, Melissa Binder, Kate S Krause
Publisher: Industrial and Labor Relations Review
Date: 01/2003
Why Do Some Occupations Pay More Than Others? Kim A. Weeden

Why Do Some Occupations Pay More Than Others?

Author: Kim A. Weeden
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
Date: 07/2002

income and wealth - CPI Affiliates

Thomas A. DiPrete's picture Thomas A. DiPrete Giddings Professor of Sociology; Co-Director, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Columbia University
Nan Dirk De Graaf's picture Nan Dirk De Graaf Professor and Official Fellow, Department of Sociology, Nuffield College
University of Oxford
Hiroshi Ishida's picture Hiroshi Ishida Professor of Sociology, Institute of Social Sciences
University of Tokyo
Tim Biblarz's picture Tim Biblarz Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
University of Southern California
Nan Lin's picture Nan Lin Oscar L. Tang Family Professor of Sociology, Academician, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)
Duke University

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Income And Wealth - Other Research

Title Author Media
The Brave New World of Work Ulrich Bech

The Brave New World of Work

Author: Ulrich Bech
Publisher: Polity Press
Date:
Employment Relationships in the New Economy David Neumark and Debbie Reed

Employment Relationships in the New Economy

Author: David Neumark and Debbie Reed
Publisher: Labour Economics
Date:
Divergent Paths: Economic Mobility in the New American Labor Market Martina Morris, Mark Stephen Handcock, Marc A....

Divergent Paths: Economic Mobility in the New American Labor Market

Author: Martina Morris, Mark Stephen Handcock, Marc A....
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
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Investment in Human Capital and Personal Income Distribution Mincer, Jacob.

Investment in Human Capital and Personal Income Distribution

Author: Mincer, Jacob.
Publisher: Journal of Political Economy
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Measuring Trends in Leisure: The Allocation of Time over Five Decades Mark Aguiar and Erik Hurst

Measuring Trends in Leisure: The Allocation of Time over Five Decades

Author: Mark Aguiar and Erik Hurst
Publisher:
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