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Volatile Top Income Shares in Switzerland? Reassessing the Evolution Between 1981 and 2010

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  • Foellmi, Reto
  • Martinez, Isabel Z.

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In the last 20 years, the share of top incomes in Switzerland has risen, while exhibiting large variations. Switzerland is similar to European countries for the top 1% but closer to the U.S. for higher top income groups. With the synthetic control method we close a time gap in the tax data, exploiting the fact that Swiss cantons changed their tax system at different points in time. Using social security data which cover all top labor incomes, we document the growing importance of labor compared to capital incomes among the top income earners in Switzerland.

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  • Foellmi, Reto & Martinez, Isabel Z., 2016. "Volatile Top Income Shares in Switzerland? Reassessing the Evolution Between 1981 and 2010," Economics Working Paper Series 1612, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science.
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    Keywords

    Income Inequality; Synthetic Control Method; Pareto Interpolation; Labor Income; Wealth Inequality; Tax Data;
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    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access
    • N33 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Europe: Pre-1913

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