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 share of the very wealthy is in fact all the way back to Gilded Age levels:

Meanwhile, focusing on the upper middle class, which is still fashionable among some pundits, misses the whole thing, because everyone below the 99th percentile has actually been left behind:

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