LIMEW Reports | April 2009

New Estimates of Economic Inequality in America, 1959—2004

In this latest LIMEW report, the authors present new evidence on the pattern of economic inequality in the United States that indicates higher inequality in 2004 than in 1959. According to the LIMEW, there was a surge in inequality between 1989 and 2000 that reflects the large increase in income from wealth for the top rungs of the economic ladder; the principal factor behind the official measures was base income (consisting mainly of labor income). The authors’ findings suggest a rather bleak picture for the lower and middle classes in terms of sharing the economic pie.

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Rising Corporate Concentration, Declining Trade Union Power, and the Growing Income Gap
American Prosperity in Historical Perspective
Author(s): Jordan Brennan
March 2016

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