Top Incomes Over the Twentieth Century: A Contrast Between Continental European and English-Speaking Countries
Professor Faculty of Economics and Politics A B Atkinson, A. B. Atkinson, T. Piketty, Thomas Piketty
OUP Oxford, May 10, 2007 - Business & Economics - 585 pages
Based on a pioneering research programme on the evolution of top incomes, this volume brings together studies from 10 OECD countries. This rapidly growing field of economic research investigates the top segment of the income distribution by using data from income tax records over the past century. As well as describing the source data and methods employed, the authors also discuss the dramatic changes that have occurred at the top of the income scale throughout the 20th century. This fascinating study is the first of its kind to provide a comprehensive historic overview of top income distribution over the last century. It looks at why top incomes shares fell markedly in the first half of the 20th century and why, more recently, there has been a striking difference in the top income distribution between continental Europe and English-speaking OECD countries, like the UK, USA, and Australia. Written by the top names in the field, this seminal work provides rich pickings for those with an interest in inequality, development, the economic impact of war, taxation, economic history, and executive compensation.
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A Summary of Main Findings
3 Income Wage and Wealth Inequality in France 190198
4 The Distribution of Top Incomes in the United Kingdom 19082000
5 Income and Wage Inequality in the United States 19132002
6 The Evolution of High Incomes in Canada 19202000
7 The Distribution of Top Incomes in Australia
8 The Distribution of Top Incomes in New Zealand
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Appendix assessed Australia aVected average income beneWts Canada Canadian Chapter coeYcient compute contd control total countries decline deductions deWned deWnition diVerent dividends earners Economic employment income estimates eVect excluding capital gains Figure fractiles fraction France Germany gross income household income distribution income excluding capital income including income inequality income tax data income tax statistics increase individuals interpolation investment income Kuznets marginal tax rate national accounts Netherlands non-Wlers Note number of tax Panel Pareto Pareto distribution Pareto interpolation pensions period personal income Piketty and Saez population progressive taxation proWts Revenue Commissioners S&EF Second World Second World War Share of top shares series signiWcant Source stock options Switzerland Table tabulations tax income tax returns tax units taxpayers threshold top decile top fractiles top groups top income groups top income shares top percentile top shares top wage shares total income total number twentieth century wealth shares Wgures Wrst Wscal Zealand