Top Incomes: A Global Perspective

Top Incomes: A Global Perspective

by A. B. Atkinson, Thomas Piketty
     
 

A rapidly growing area of economic research Investigates the top of income distribution using data from income tax records. This volume brings together studies of top incomes for twelve countries from around the world, including China, India, Japan, Argentina and Indonesia. Together with the first volume, published in 2007, the studies cover twenty two countries.

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A rapidly growing area of economic research Investigates the top of income distribution using data from income tax records. This volume brings together studies of top incomes for twelve countries from around the world, including China, India, Japan, Argentina and Indonesia. Together with the first volume, published in 2007, the studies cover twenty two countries. They have a long time span, the earliest data relating to 1875 (for Norway), allowing recent developments to be placed in historical perspective. The volume describes in detail the source data and the methods employed. It will be an invaluable reference source for researchers in the field. Individual country chapters deal with the specific nature of the data for each of the countries, and describe the long-term evolution of top income shares.

In the countries as a whole, dramatic changes have taken place at the top of the income distribution. Over the first part of the century, top income shares tell markedly. This largely took the form of a reduction in capital incomes. The different authors examine the impact of the First and Second World Wars, contrasting countries that were and were not engaged. They consider the impact of depressions and banking crises, and pay particular attention to the impact of progressive taxation.

In the last 30 years, the shares of top income have increased markedly in the US and other Anglo-Saxon countries, reflecting the increased dispersion of earnings. This volume includes statistics on the much-discussed top pay and bonuses, providing a global perspective that discusses important differences between countries such as the lesser increase in Continental Europe. This book, together with volume one, documents this interesting development and explores the underlying causes. The findings are brought together in a final summary chapter by Atkinson, Piketty, and Saez.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199286898
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/26/2010
Pages:
800
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables viii

Contributors xx

1 Top Indian Incomes, 1922-2000 Abhijit Banerjee Thomas Piketty 1

2 Income Inequality and Progressive Income Taxation in China and India, 1986-2015 Thomas Piketty Nancy Qian 40

3 The Evolution of Income Concentration in Japan, 1886-2005: Evidence from Income Tax Statistics Chiaki Moriguchi Emmanuel Saez 76

4 Top Incomes in Indonesia, 1920-2004 Andrew Leigh Pierre van der Eng 171

5 Top Incomes in a Rapidly Growing Economy: Singapore A. B. Atkinson 220

6 The Rich in Argentina over the Twentieth Century, 1932-2004 Facundo Alvaredo 253

7 Top Incomes in Sweden over the Twentieth Century Jesper Roine Daniel Waldenström 299

8 Trends in Top Income Shares in Finland M. Jäntti M. Riihelä R. Sullström M. Tuomala 371

9 Top Incomes in Norway R. Aaberge A. B. Atkinson 448

10 Income and Wealth Concentration in Spain in a Historical and Fiscal Perspective Facundo Alvaredo Emmanuel Saez 482

11 Top Incomes and Earnings in Portugal, 1936-2005 Facundo Alvaredo 560

12 Top Incomes in Italy, 1974-2004 Facundo Alvaredo Elena Pisano 625

13 Top Incomes in the Long Run of History A. B. Atkinson Thomas Piketty Emmanuel Saez 664

Index 761

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