Top Incomes Over the Twentieth Century: A Contrast Between Continental European and English…

Hardcover | June 10, 2007

EditorA. B. Atkinson, Thomas Piketty

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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 pastcentury. 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 thetop 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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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 pastcentury. As well as describing the source data ...

Sir Tony Atkinson has been Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford, from 1994 to 2005. He was previously Tooke Professor at the London School of Economics, and founder Editor of the Journal of Public Economics. He has previously been President of the Econometric Society, of the European Economic Association, the Royal Economic Society, and...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:604 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.5 inPublished:June 10, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Thomas Piketty: Top Incomes over the Twentieth Century: A Summary of the Main Findings2. A. B. Atkinson: Measuring Top Incomes: Methodological Issues3. Thomas Piketty: Income, Wage, and Wealth Inequality in France, 1901-19984. A. B. Atkinson: The Distribution of Top Incomes in the United Kingdom, 1908-20005. Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez: Income and Wage Inequality in the United States, 1913-20026. Emmanuel Saez and Mike Veall: The Evolution of High Incomes in Canada, 1920-20007. A. B. Atkinson and Andrew Leigh: The Distribution of Top Incomes in Australia8. A. B. Atkinson and Andrew Leigh: The Distribution of Top Incomes in New Zealand9. Fabien Dell: Top Incomes in Germany throughout the Twentieth Century, 1891-199810. Wiemer Salverda and A B Atkinson: Top Incomes in the Netherlands over the Twentieth Century11. Fabien Dell, Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez: Income and Wealth Concentration in Switzerland over the Twentieth Century12. Brian Nolan: Long Term Trends in Top Income Shares in Ireland13. A. B. Atkinson and Thomas Piketty: Towards a Unified Data Set on Top Incomes