World Top Incomes Database

Description

A succession of studies has constructed top income share time series over the long-run for more than twenty countries to date. These projects have generated a large volume of data, which are intended as a research resource for further analysis.  The world top incomes database aims to providing convenient on line access to all the existent series. This is an ongoing endeavour, and we will progressively update the base with new observations, as authors extend the series forwards and backwards. Despite the database's name, we will also add information on the distribution of earnings and the distribution of wealth. At present, around forty-five further countries are under study, and will be incorporated at some point.  See the World Top Incomes Database website for access to the data and more information.

Project Leader / Primary Investigator

Prof. Sir Anthony Atkinson

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