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U.S. Earnings, Income, and Wealth Distribution

Important: We added results for the 2016 SCF. We thank Sofia Pessoa for outstanding research assistance and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) under Germany´s Excellence Strategy – EXC 2126/1– 390838866 for financial support. This pdf document  contains figures and tables in correspondence to the paper using the 2016 SCF data.

The Excel files contain results for each of the Survey of Consumer Finances from 1989 to 2016. Dollar values are in 2016 Dollars.
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The distributions of Earnings, Income and Wealth

Joint distributions of earnings, income, and wealth
Joint distributions of earnings and wealth. Each Excel file contains two sheets. The sheet "Probabilities" contains the distribution across cells. The sheet "Means" contains the conditional means for earnings (E), income (I), and wealth (W) for each of the cells. Earnings cells are in rows, wealth cells are in columns.

1989    1992    1995    1998    2001    2004    2007    2010    2013    2016

        All numbers in these two files are in percentage points.

Decomposition of wealth inequality