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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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The Macroeconomics of Piketty

From Chad Jones: Since the early 2000s, research by Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, and their coathors has revolutionized our understanding of income and wealth in- equality. In this paper, I highlight some of the key empirical facts from this re- … Continue reading

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Tax Evasion on Offshore Profits and Wealth

From Gabriel Zucman: This article attempts to estimate the magnitude of corporate tax avoidance and personal tax evasion through offshore tax havens. In the United States, corporations book 20% of their profits in tax havens – a tenfold increase since … Continue reading

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Is the EITC as Good as an NIT? Conditional Cash Transfers and Tax Incidence

From Jesse Rothstein: The EITC is intended to encourage work. But EITC-induced increases in labor supply may drive wages down. I simulate the economic incidence of the EITC. In each scenario that I consider, a large portion of low-income single … Continue reading

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Corporate Profits, Proprietors’ Income, and Labor Compensation

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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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