Tag Archives: inequality

Corporate Profits, Proprietors’ Income, and Labor Compensation

From Ed Dolan:

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The Inequality Deflator: Interpersonal Comparisons without a Social Welfare Function

From Nathan Hendren: This paper develops a method for resolving the equity-efficiency tradeoff that modifies the Kaldor-Hicks compensation principle to account for the distortionary cost of redistribution. The inequality deflator weights surplus by the marginal cost of providing transfers to … 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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Inequality and Technological Change: The Skill Complementarity of Broadband Internet

A very interesting paper from Anders Akerman, Ingvil Gaarder, Magne Mogstad: Does adoption of broadband internet in firms enhance labor productivity and increase wages? And is this technological change skill biased or factor neutral? We exploit rich Norwegian data with firm-level information on … Continue reading

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America risks becoming a Downton Abbey Economy

From Larry Summers: Inequality has emerged as a major issue in the US and beyond. A generation ago it could reasonably have been asserted that the overall growth rate of the economy was the main influence on the growth in … Continue reading

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Wealth Inequality since 1810

Via Emmanuel Saez’s lecture notes on capital income taxation  

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Private Equity, Productivity, and Inequality

Sorry for the light posting – I have been traveling for job interviews. Here’s an interesting paper that I heard about recently. It shows that  private equity buyouts bring productivity improvements and lower payrolls on average. Here is the full … Continue reading

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The Decline of the U.S. Labor Share – Comments

Comments from Brent Neiman on work by Michael Elsby, Bart Hobijn, and Aysegul Sahin. See here and here for old posts on this issue.

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Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States

From Raj Chetty, Nathan Hendren, Pat Kline, and Emmanuel Saez: We use administrative records on the incomes of more than 40 million children and their parents to describe three features of intergenerational mobility in the United States. First, we characterize … Continue reading

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Close the Gender Pay Gap, Change the Way We Work

From Claudia Golden: For all the progress made on women’s rights, one measure of inequality still stands out: Females earn less than males, even in the same occupations. Closing this gender gap will require changing the way employers think about work. It’s … Continue reading

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