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Salvatore Morelli 

Associate Professor in Public Economics at the University of Roma Tre (Rome), Law Department

Senior Scholar and Director of the  GC- Wealth Project at the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality - at The Graduate Center - CUNY (New York) 

Research Associate - CSEF  (University of Naples, Federico II) ; fellow; Visiting Fellow at the LSE International Inequality Institute


CURRICULUM VITAE  -  Google scholar page

Expanding and consolidating access to the most up-to-date research and information on wealth, wealth inequalities, and wealth transfers and related tax policies, across countries and over time. 





The Chartbook of Economic Inequality, 2017, INET Oxford working paper 2017-10 (with A. B. Atkinson, J. Hasell, and M. Roser), a new data update in progress

[ DATA  / Interactive WebsitePrevious versions: (with A.B. Atkinson), Mar 2014,[ECINEQ wp]; (with A.B. Atkinson), 2012, [INET Research notes #5]


The concentration of personal wealth in Italy 1995–2016, 2024, Journal of European Economic Association  (with Paolo Acciari and Facundo Alvaredo)
[Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality Working Paper N 36]; [LSE III Working Paper N 88]; [CSEF Working Paper #608];  Older WP versions: [World Inequality Lab – Working Paper N° 2021/14]; [CEPR Discussion Paper DP16053];

Drawing a Line: Comparing the Estimation of Top Incomes Between Tax Data and Household Survey Data , 2022,  Journal of Economic Inequality  (with Nishant Yonzan, Branko Milanovic, and Janet Gornick)
[LIS WP ]. [Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality WP ] [CSEF WP].


Intergenerational Wealth Transfers in Great Britain from the Wealth and Assets Survey in Comparative Perspective, 2022,  Fiscal Studies   (with Brian Nolan, Juan Palomino, and Philippe Van Kerm)


The wealth (disadvantage) of single parents, 2022, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (with Brian Nolan, Juan Palomino, and Philippe Van Kerm)


Inheritance, Gifts and the Wealth Deficit of Low-Income Households ,  2021, Journal of European Social Policy  (with Brian Nolan, Juan Palomino, and Philippe Van Kerm)   
[Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality WP ]


kmr: A STATA Command to Correct Survey Weights for Unit Nonresponse using Group’s Response Rates, 2021,  The Stata Journal (with Ercio Munoz)  

[link to CODE]   [Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality WP ]


Intergenerational wealth transfers and wealth inequality in rich countries: What do we learn from Gini decomposition?, 2021, Economic Letters (with Brian Nolan, Juan Palomino, and Philippe Van Kerm)


A tale of two countries: The long shadow of the crisis on income and wealth in Germany and Italy, 2020, Journal of Modern European History (with Charlotte Bartels)


The Dynamics of Wealth Concentration: Thoughts on Tony Atkinson’s Contributions, 2020, Italian Economic Journal 


Top Wealth Shares in the UK over More than a Century, 2018, Journal of Public Economics, (with Facundo Alvaredo and Anthony B. Atkinson)  

[DATA] [ONLINE APPENDIX ] [LONGER version: CEPR discussion paper / CSEF wp]


Banking Crises in the US: the Response of Top Income Shares in a Historical Perspective, 2018, Journal of Economic Inequality

[LONGER version : CSEF wp] 


The Challenge of Measuring UK Wealth Inequality in the 2000s, 2016, Fiscal Studies (with Facundo Alvaredo and Anthony B. Atkinson)  

[CEPR discussion paper/LSE-III wp/CSEF wp]


Inequality and Crises Revisited, 2015, Economia Politica - Journal of Analytical and Institutional Economics (with Anthony B. Atkinson)  

[CSEF wp ]


CHAPTER:  On the Distribution of Estates and the Distribution of Wealth: Evidence from the Dead, 2022,  NBER Volume "Measuring Distribution and Mobility of Income and Wealth", editors: R. Chetty, J. M. Friedman, J. C. Gornick, B. Johnson & A. Kennickell, University of Chicago Press. (with Yonatan Berman)

see NBER working paper No. 28546

 CHAPTER:  Wealth Transfers and Net Wealth at Death: Evidence from the Italian Inheritance Tax Records 1995-2016 , 2022, NBER Volume "Measuring Distribution and Mobility of Income and Wealth", editors: R. Chetty, J. M. Friedman, J. C. Gornick, B. Johnson & A. Kennickell, University of Chicago Press. (with Paolo Acciari)

see NBER working paper No. 27899


CHAPTER: Recent Trends in Income Inequality, 2019

Chapter 9 in “Reducing social inequalities in cancer: evidence and priorities for research”, IARC Scientific Publication No. 168, edited by Vaccarella S, Lortet-Tieulent J, Saracci R, Conway DI, Straif K, Wild CP. International Agency for Research on Cancer, World Health Organization. (with Joe Hasell and Max Roser) 


CHAPTER: Wealth Inequality, 2018

in “Generating Prosperity for Working Families in Affluent Countries” ed. Brian Nolan, Oxford University Press (OUP). (with Brian Nolan and Philippe Van Kerm)

CHAPTER: Rising inequality and economic stability, 2017

in “After Piketty: the Inequality Agenda post-Capital in the 21st Century”, eds. H. Boushey, B. DeLong and M. Steinbaum, Harvard University Press (HUP).

In the Media/blogosphere: {Washington Center for Equitable Growth}; Video: {Launch event at CUNY - May 2017}


CHAPTER: Post-1970 trends in within-country inequality and poverty: rich and middle income countries, 2015 Handbook of Income Distribution Vol. 2A, pp. 596-693 (with Timothy Smeeding and Jeffrey P. Thompson) Elsevier B.V.  (eds. A. Atkinson and F. Bourguignon) 

[Handbook page][CSEF wp]


Fixing the Climate with Experimental Governace? How?, 2024, Roma Tre Law Review - 02/2023 , Roma Tre Press

(with B. Annicchiarico, R. Baratta, T. Di Marcello, and C. Sabel)

IT:  Perché serve un’eredità universale, 2021
Rivista il Mulino  3/21 (with E. Granaglia).


The Wealth of Families: The Intergenerational Transmission of Wealth in Britain in Comparative Perspective , 2020
INET Oxford Report funded by the Nuffield Foundation
(with Brian Nolan, Juan Palomino, and Philippe Van Kerm) 


IT:  Contro le disuguaglianza da ricchezza originaria, 2019
Rivista il Mulino  4/19 (with E. Granaglia)


IT:   Un passaggio generazionale piu´ giusto, 2019

Chapter 3 in “15 Proposte per la Giustizia Sociale - Ispirate al Programma di Azione di Anthony Atkinson”,  edited by F. Barca and P. Luongo. Report for Forum Disuguaglianza e Diversita' - Italian Forum on  Inequality and Diversity 

(with Elena Granaglia)


IT: Le Disuguaglianze Economico-Sociali in Italia - Tre Workshops per l'esplorazione di analisi, quesiti irrisolti e traiettorie di ricerca future, 2016

(Testo redatto per la Fondazione Basso, Roma), Settembre 2016. 


Reply to Consultation about ceasing publication of HMRC's Personal Wealth National Statistics, UK, 2016

(with F. Alvaredo, and A. B. Atkinson) [pdf]I

Inequality, Debt and Growth, 2012 

Report for the Resolution Foundation (with P. Lucchino) [Paper]  

In the Media/blogosphere: {Financial Times / The Guardian / OECD insights}


Economic Crisis and Inequality, 2011

Human Development Research Paper, 2011/06, UNDP.  (with A.B. Atkinson).

Prepared for the Human Development Report 2011, UNDP, New York  [Paper


Income Inequality and Banking Crisis: a First Look, 2010 

report prepared for the Global Labor Forum 2011 (ILO) in Turin. (with A.B. Atkinson) 

[Paper] In the Media/blogosphere: {NYTimes Economix blog / The Economist / Harvard Kennedy Sch, Rappaport Inst / Adam Smith Inst / The Atlantic / The Atlantic Wire 


In English

5 Nov 2021 ( Mind the gap: Disparities in measured income between survey and tax data (with Nishant Yonzan, Branko Milanovic, and Janet Gornick) 

24 Apr 2021 (  The growing concentration of wealth in Italy: Evidence from a new source of data (with Paolo Acciari and Facundo Alvaredo)

19 Sep 2020 (  The intergenerational transmission of wealth in rich countries (with Brian Nolan, Juan Palomino, and Philippe Van Kerm)

9 Sep 2020 (Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality Blog) The Intergenerational Transmission of Wealth in Rich Countries (with Brian Nolan, Juan Palomino, and Philippe Van Kerm)

15 Dec 2019 (LIS newsletter - Inequality matters) Can We Obtain Better Distributional Measures Correcting for Differential Unit Non-Response Bias in Household Surveys? An Illustration Using Data from the US Current Population Survey (with Ercio Munoz)

01 Jun 2018  (LIS newsletter - Inequality matters) Comparing top incomes between survey and tax data: US case study (with Nishant Yonzan, Branko Milanovic, and Janet Gornick)

07 Jun 2017 ( Is Growing Inequality Hurting our Economies?

20 Jan 2017 ( Putting people first: the legacy of Tony Atkinson

07 May 2016 (Dissertation Reviews)- Morality, Economic Inequality, and Policy Responses.

08 Dec 2015 (VoxEU)- The importance of wealth concentration and why it is so difficult to measure  (with F.Alvaredo & T.Atkinson)

26 Mar 2014 (VoxEU)-The Chartbook of Economic Inequality-(with T. Atkinson). Appeared also on INETblog / Oxford Martin School blog / Inequality&History blog

20 Mar 2014 (Inequality&History Blog)- Are we all in this together? the new Chartbook of Economic Inequality - (with T. Atkinson)

18 Mar 2014 (INET Blog)-The Chartbook of Economic Inequality - (with T. Atkinson)

In Italian

16 Febbraio 2024 - (L'Espresso) - Ricchi e Poveri per Sempre

1 Luglio 2022 - (Domani) - Come garantire una “eredità universale” a molti giovani tassando i vantaggi di pochi (with Elena Granaglia)

12 Febbrario 2022  - (Domani)  - I patrimoni degli italiani sono sempre più concentrati

1 Dic 2021 - (Jacobin Italia - sito) - La tassazione regressiva (with Antonio Scialà)

10 Giu 2021 - (Jacobin Italia - N11) - Conoscere i ricchi.

21 Mag 2021 - (Il Fatto Quotidiano) - Italia paradiso dell’eredità Ma Draghi: “Niente tasse " 

21 Mag 2021 - (Domani) - Perché l’eredità universale deve andare a tutti i giovani (non solo ai più poveri.  (with Elena Granaglia and Andrea Morniroli)

17 Mag 2021 - ( - Ricchezza sempre più concentrata anche in Italia

26 Apr 2021 - (Il Fatto Quotidiano) -  La lotta di classe in Italia l’hanno vinta i ricchi (ereditieri)

16/03/2021 - (Domani) - Per evitare l'impoverimento servono misure inclusive (with Nunzia De Capite)

24 Oct 2020 - (Domani) - L'imposta sulle eredià è efficiente. La difesa della famiglia è una scusa. (with Elena Granaglia)

20 Oct 2020 - ( - Le eredità degli italiani? Per pochi e sempre più ricche

19 Oct 2020 - (Il Fatto Quotidiano) - Il merito? Meglio le eredità. Il loro peso è raddoppiato

15 Jul 2020 - (Menabò di Etica ed Economia) - Un’Agenzia delle Entrate con maggiori risorse per combattere evasione ed erosione fiscale (with Enrico Rubolino)

15 Jun 2020 - (Il Fatto Quotidiano) - Trent’anni di redditi stagnanti: l’Italia è più povera e diseguale

17 Apr 2020 - ( - Se crolla il mito del risparmio degli italiani

16 Dic 2019 - (Menabò di Etica ed Economia) Le disuguaglianze economiche non sono un'illusione.

5 Dic 2019 - (Avvenire) Disuguaglianze le "Illusioni" dell'Economist.

20 Ago 2019 - (Jacobin Italia) - Flat tax, disuguaglianze e le tasse dei futuri governi. 

19 Apr 2019 - ( - Diamo un’eredita' a tutti i giovani (with Elena Granaglia).

1 Ott 2018 - (Italia Caritas) - Lo Stivale Diseguale

 26 Jun 2018 (Huffington Post) La Flat Tax? Si torna indietro (letteralmente) di cento anni (with G. Gabbuti).

18 Mar 2018 (Forum Disuguaglianze Diversita') Da Roma a Londra ora si combattono le disuguaglianze e la retorica “patrimonialista”

26 Jan 2017 (Newsletter Asvis) Una carriera contro le disuguaglianze: l'eredita' intellettuale di Anthony Atkinson

16 Jan 2017 (Menabò di Etica ed Economia) Putting people first: in ricordo di Tony Atkinson

05 Jun 2015 ( Sulla disuguaglianza c'e' ancora tanto da scoprire

15 Apr 2015 (Menabò di Etica ed Economia). La crisi ed il reddito dei ricchi.

02 Mar 2015 (Corriere del Mezzogiorno). Aziende e politica, il Sud non e' delle donne. Versione apparsa anche su con il titolo "Il ruolo delle donne nel lavoro e nella societa' ". 

25 Nov 2014( TFR in busta paga aumenta i consumi? (with T. Jappelli). Versione breve apparsa anche sul Corriere del Mezzogiorno.

17 Mar 2014 (Pagina99)-La carta globale della disuguaglianza. Articolo apparso anche su