The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States

Bradley Heim discusses widening income inequality in the United States, focusing on the rising share of income received by individuals at the very top of the distribution (the 1 percent and above). Bradley also provides comparisons to other countries and discusses patterns in the concentration of wealth.

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Video Chapters

  1. Introduction & Talk Overview
    0:00 - 3:02
  2. Rising Top Income Shares: The U.S.
    3:03 - 8:23
  3. Rising Top Income Shares: Abroad
    8:24 - 11:14
  4. Potential Causes in Rising Top Income Shares: Relative Demand for Labor & Taxes
    11:15 - 17:16
  5. Potential Causes in Rising Top Income Shares: Superstars, Exec Pay, and Financial Professionals
    17:17 - 26:22
  6. Implications of Potential Causes in Rising Top Income Shares
    26:23 – 31:04

About the Speaker

Bradley Heim is an Associate Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. His research focuses on the impact of tax policy on a range of outcomes, including income and earnings, labor supply, consumption, employment mode, health insurance purchases, charitable giving, and retirement savings. He has also researched the impact of recent changes in health insurance regulations on labor market outcomes. Bradley previously worked in the Office of Tax Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he was responsible for analyzing proposals related to housing and retirement savings. See his research page.