Income Inequality in France, 1901–1998

@article{Piketty2003IncomeII,
  title={Income Inequality in France, 1901–1998},
  author={Thomas Piketty},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  year={2003},
  volume={111},
  pages={1004 - 1042}
}
  • T. Piketty
  • Published 1 July 2001
  • Economics
  • Journal of Political Economy
This paper uses data from income tax returns (1915–98), wage tax returns (1919–98), and inheritance tax returns (1902–94) in order to compute homogeneous, yearly estimates of income, wage, and wealth inequality for twentieth‐century France. The main conclusion is that the decline in income inequality that took place during the first half of the century was mostly accidental. In France, and possibly in a number of other countries as well, wage inequality has been extremely stable in the long run… 
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