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Less Income Inequality and More Growth – Are they Compatible? Part 4. Top Incomes

  • Peter Hoeller

Over the past decades, top incomes have soared, especially in the English-speaking countries. Despite a considerable amount of research on top income developments, there is still substantial disagreement about the causes for their rapid increase. Potential explanations include changes in taxation, technical progress, globalisation and changes in way the remuneration of top income recipients is set. Moins d'inégalités de revenu et plus de croissance – Ces deux objectifs sont-ils compatibles? : Partie 4. Hauts revenus Au cours des dernières décennies, le nombre de titulaires de hauts revenus est monté en flèche, notamment dans les pays anglophones. Malgré les nombreuses études consacrées à l’évolution des ménages à hauts revenus, les analyses divergent quant aux facteurs qui sous-tendent leur augmentation rapide. Parmi les explications possibles, on peut citer les changements dans le régime fiscal, les progrès techniques, la mondialisation et la modification du mode de rémunération des titulaires de hauts revenus.

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Date of creation: 09 Jan 2012
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