Q: How much do CEOs and Top Executives Contribute to Rising Inequality Within the Top 1%? A: Very Little. (Source: Song, Price, Guvenen, Bloom, and von Wachter 2015)

Source: Song, Price, Guvenen, Bloom, von Wachter (2015). Rise in Earnings Inequality Mirrored in Rise in Pay Inequality Across Employers. Even Within the Top 1% the Gap Between 99.99th Percentile and 99.01th Percentile Grew By Similar Amounts for Individuals and Average Firm Pay.


Are Idiosyncratic Income Shocks Lognormal? (Guvenen, Karahan, Ozkan, Song, 2014)

Average Growth in Log Earnings Over the Life Cycle, By Percentiles of Lifetime Income Distribution (Source: Guvenen, Karahan, Ozkan, Song, 2014)

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  Fatih Guvenen is a professor of economics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, a research associate in the NBER’s Economic Fluctuations and Growth Program. He also serves as an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He received his bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, and his M.Sc. and … Continue reading