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Accounting for the U.S. Earnings and Wealth Inequality

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  • Ana Castaneda
  • Javier Diaz-Gimenez
  • Jose-Victor Rios-Rull

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We show that a theory of earnings and wealth inequality, based on the optimal choices of ex ante identical households that face uninsured idiosyncratic shocks to their endowments of efficiency labor units, accounts for the U.S. earnings and wealth inequality almost exactly.

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  • Ana Castaneda & Javier Diaz-Gimenez & Jose-Victor Rios-Rull, 2003. "Accounting for the U.S. Earnings and Wealth Inequality," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 111(4), pages 818-857, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jpolec:v:111:y:2003:i:4:p:818-857
    DOI: 10.1086/375382
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