Thursday, 20 October 2011

Sobre la distribución de la renta en USA

En respuesta al post de Megan McArdle: the share of income of the top 1% and 0.1% of the income distribution did bounce back in 2010.

Well, I shouldn't be that categorical about my answer. The data are taken from the source highlighted by Derek Thompson (where would one be without The Atlantic?) and refer only to wage income - hence the much lower shares of the total compared to the charts in Megan's post.

In any case, the top 1% of wage earners (roughly those earning $200,000 per annum or more) increased their share of the total wage pool to 14.9%, higher than at any other point in my series except 2007.

Funnily enough the recovery for those in the top 0.1% (a group that roughly coincides with those earning over $500,000 a year) was less dramatic - at only 6.5% of the total, their share was higher throughout 2006-08 and at the peak of the dot com boom in 2000.

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