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ISBN-13: 9780674984554
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 07/09/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 514,402
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Facundo Alvaredo is Co-Director of the World Wealth and Income Database (WID.world) and of the World Inequality Lab.

Lucas Chancel is Co-Director of WID.world and of the World Inequality Lab and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations.

Thomas Piketty is Professor at the Paris School of Economics and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).

Emmanuel Saez is Co-Director of the World Wealth and Income Database (WID.world) and of the World Inequality Lab and Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Gabriel Zucman is Co-Director of the World Wealth and Income Database (WID.world) and of the World Inequality Lab and Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Highlights for 2018 1

Introduction: Better Inequality Data for a More Informed Democratic Debate 17

Part I The WID.world Project 21

1 The Measurement of Economic Inequality 23

Part II Trends in Global Income Inequality 37

2 Global Income Inequality Dynamics 39

3 Trends in Income Inequality between Countries 60

4 Trends in Income Inequality within Countries 70

5 Income Inequality in the United States 83

6 Income Inequality in France 100

7 Income Inequality in Germany 110

8 Income Inequality in China 116

9 Income Inequality in Russia 124

10 Income Inequality in India 136

11 Income Inequality in the Middle East 145

12 Income Inequality in Brazil 154

13 Income Inequality in South Africa 162

Part III Public versus Private Capital Dynamics 169

14 Wealth-Income Ratios across the World 171

15 The Evolution of Aggregate Wealth-Income in Developed Countries 182

16 Comparing the Experiences of Former Communist States 193

17 Capital Accumulation, Private Property, and Rising Inequality in China 201

18 The Rise of Private Property in Russia 209

Part IV Trends in Global Wealth Inequality 217

19 Global Wealth Inequality: Trends and Projections 219

20 Comparing Trends in Personal Wealth Inequality across the World 228

21 Wealth Inequality in the United States 236

22 Wealth Inequality in France 244

23 Wealth Inequality in Spain 257

24 Wealth Inequality in the UK 269

Part V Tackling Economic Inequality 277

25 What is the Future of Global Income Inequality? 279

26 Tackling Rising Inequality at the Top: The Role of Progressive Taxation 286

27 Tax Policy in a Global Environment: The Case for a Global Financial Register 294

28 Tackling Inequality at the Bottom: The Need for More Equal Access to Education and Good-Paying Jobs 299

29 A Message from the Past: Let Governments Invest in the Future 310

Conclusion 317

Appendix 321

Notes 325

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