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    DescriptionA rapidly growing area of economic research investigates the top of the income distribution using data from income tax records. This volume brings together studies of top incomes for twelve countries from around the world, including China, India, Japan, Argentina and Indonesia. Together with the first volume, published in 2007, the studies cover twenty two countries. They have a long time span, the earliest data relating to 1875 (for Norway), allowing recent developments to be placed in historical perspective. The volume describes in detail the source data and the methods employed. It will be an invaluable reference source for researchers in the field. Individual country chapters deal with the specific nature of the data for each of the countries, and describe the long-term evolution of top income shares. In the countries as a whole, dramatic changes have taken place at the top of the income distribution. Over the first part of the century, top income shares fell markedly. This largely took the form of a reduction in capital incomes. The different authors examine the impact of the First and Second World Wars, contrasting countries that were and were not engaged. They consider the impact of depressions and banking crises, and pay particular attention to the impact of progressive taxation. In the last 30 years, the shares of top incomes have increased markedly in the US and other Anglo-Saxon countries, reflecting the increased dispersion of earnings. The volume includes statistics on the much-discussed top pay and bonuses, providing a global perspective that discusses important differences between countries such as the lesser increase in Continental Europe. This book, together with volume 1, documents this interesting development and explores the underlying causes. The findings are brought together in a final summary chapter by Atkinson, Piketty and Saez.

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    Top Incomes
    A Global Perspective
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by A. B. Atkinson, Edited by Thomas Piketty
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 800
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 58 mm
    Weight: 1,320 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199286898
    ISBN 10: 0199286892

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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    161 figures, 172 tables
    Oxford University Press
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    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    26 May 2010
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    Author Information
    Sir Tony Atkinson is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Nuffield College, of which he was Warden from 1994 to 2005. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and has been President of the Royal Economic Society, of the Econometric Society, of the European Economic Association, and of the International Economic Association.
    Table of contents
    1. Top Indian Incomes, 1922-2000 ; 2. Income inequality and progressive income taxation in China and India, 1986-2015 ; 3. The evolution of income concentration in Japan, 1886-2005: Evidence from income tax statistics ; 4. Top incomes in Indonesia, 1920-2004 ; 5. Top incomes in a rapidly growing economy: Singapore ; 6. The rich in Argentina over the twentieth century 1932-2004 ; 7. Top Incomes in Sweden over the twentieth century ; 8. Trends in top income shares in Finland ; 9. Top incomes in Norway ; 10. Income and wealth concentration in Spain in a historical and fiscal perspective ; 11. Top incomes and earnings in Portugal 1936-2005 ; 12. Top incomes in Italy 1974-2004 ; 13. Top incomes in the long run of history