Top Incomes: A Global Perspective

Hardcover | April 18, 2010

EditorA. B. Atkinson, Thomas Piketty

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A rapidly growing area of economic research investigates the top of the 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 withthe 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. Itwill 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 fell markedly. This largely took the form of a reduction in capital incomes. The different authors examine the impact of the First and SecondWorld 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 incomes have increased markedly in the US and other Anglo-Saxon countries, reflecting the increased dispersion of earnings. The volume includes statistics on the much-discussed top pay and bonuses, providing a global perspective that discusses importantdifferences between countries such as the lesser increase in Continental Europe. This book, together with volume 1, 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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A rapidly growing area of economic research investigates the top of the 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 withthe first volume, published in 2007, the stud...

Sir Tony Atkinson is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Nuffield College, of which he was Warden from 1994 to 2005. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and has been President of the Royal Economic Society, of the Econometric Society, of the European Economic Association, and of the International Econo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:April 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. A. Banerjee and T. Piketty: Top Indian Incomes, 1922-20002. T. Piketty and N. Qian: Income inequality and progressive income taxation in China and India, 1986-20153. C. Moriguchi and E. Saez: The evolution of income concentration in Japan, 1886-2005: Evidence from income tax statistics4. A Leigh and P. van der Eng: Top incomes in Indonesia, 1920-20045. A. B. Atkinson: Top incomes in a rapidly growing economy: Singapore6. F. Alvaredo: The rich in Argentina over the twentieth century 1932-20047. J. Roine and D. Waldenstrom: Top Incomes in Sweden over the twentieth century8. M. Jantti, M. Riihela, R. Sullstrom, and M. Tuomala: Trends in top income shares in Finland9. R. Aaberge and A. B. Atkinson: Top incomes in Norway10. F. Alvaredo and E. Saez: Income and wealth concentration in Spain in a historical and fiscal perspective11. F. Alvaredo: Top incomes and earnings in Portugal 1936-200512. F. Alvaredo and E. Pisano: Top incomes in Italy 1974-200413. A. B. Atkinson, T. Piketty and E. Saez: Top incomes in the long run of history