Tag Archives: Capital

Declining Savings Among the Bottom 90%

From Saez and Zucman (2014)

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Wealth Inequality in the United States since 1913: Evidence from Capitalized Income Tax Data

From Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman: This paper combines income tax returns with Flow of Funds data to estimate the distribution of household wealth in the United States since 1913. We estimate wealth by capitalizing the incomes reported by individual … Continue reading

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Capital Depreciation and Labor Shares Around the World: Measurement and Implications

From Loukas Karabarbounis and Brent Neiman: The labor share is typically measured as compensation to labor relative to gross value added (“gross labor share”), in part because gross value added is more directly measured than net value added. Labor compensation relative … Continue reading

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Optimal Wealth Taxation: Redistribution and Political Economy

Here are a few interesting links from Ivan Werning on capital taxation, Piketty, and political economy. 1. Optimal Wealth Taxation: Redistribution and Political Economy – slides from his plenary at SED 2014 2. A Reappraisal of Chamley-Judd Zero Capital Taxation … Continue reading

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Behavioral Responses to an Annual Wealth Tax: Evidence from Sweden

From David Seim: This paper addresses the behavioral effects of an annual wealth tax. I use Swedish tax records over the period 2000-2006 to estimate bunching at kink points in the pro- gressive tax schedule and find significant estimates of … Continue reading

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The Distribution of US Wealth, Capital Income, and Returns since 1913

From Paul Krugman: Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman have been developing an alternative procedure for estimating top wealth shares — preliminary slides here — and it tells a very different story from the common one. According to their estimates, the wealth … Continue reading

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Krugman on Piketty

Krugman has an insightful post on Piketty’s recent book. I find this easiest to think of in terms of a numerical example. Let’s assume that s = .09 and initially n = .03. Then the capital-output ratio is 3; if … Continue reading

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