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The Evolution of Top Incomes: A Historical and International Perspective

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  • Thomas Piketty
  • Emmanuel Saez

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This paper summarizes the main findings and perspectives emerging from a collective research project on the dynamics of income and wealth distribution. The primary objective of this project is to construct a high-quality, long- run, international database on income and wealth concentration, using historical tax statistics. The resulting database now includes annual series covering most of the twentieth century for a number of (mostly Western) countries.
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  • Thomas Piketty & Emmanuel Saez, 2006. "The Evolution of Top Incomes: A Historical and International Perspective," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 96(2), pages 200-205, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:96:y:2006:i:2:p:200-205
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/000282806777212116
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    • D3 - Microeconomics - - Distribution
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