The World Top Incomes Database

Database of income shares of top end of population for long time periods (e.g. 1875-present) for a variety of countries around the world.

From about page:

There has been a marked revival of interest in the study of the distribution of top incomes using tax data. Beginning with the research by Piketty of the long-run distribution of top incomes in France (2001, 2003), 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.

Data

We have only uploaded Layout A where every column is a variable; countries and years are in rows and it has been converted to CSV. Notes and units were in a separate sheet and have been extracted to a separate csv.

Data is partially normalized (what would be the variable column is denormalized out into columns). A future task would be to normalize the data.

Comment

Whole site is flash which means there is just one url for the whole site :-(

However, good news is after ticking various boxes you can download the entire DB (though there is no direct url for this link that we can host here). Thus for convenience of reuse, an entire dump has been extracted here.

Sources

Extracted from first sheet of downloaded spreadsheet.

  • Argentina Alvaredo, Facundo (2010). The Rich in Argentina over the Twentieth Century; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes: A Global Perspective, Oxford University Press, chapter 6. Series updated by the same author.
  • Australia Atkinson, Anthony B. and Leigh, Andrew (2007). The Distribution of Top Incomes in Australia; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes over the Twentieth Century. A Contrast Between Continental European and English-Speaking Countries, Oxford University Press, chapter 7. Series updated by the same authors.
  • Canada Saez, Emmanuel and Veall, Michael (2007). The Evolution of High Incomes in Canada 1920-2000; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes over the Twentieth Century. A Contrast Between Continental European and English-Speaking Countries, Oxford University Press, chapter 6. Updates from Veall, Michael (2010). Top Income Shares in Canada: Updates and Extensions; McMaster University, Department of Economics, mimeo.
  • China Piketty, Thomas and Qian, Nancy (2010). Income Inequality and Progressive Income Taxation in China and India 1986-2015; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes: A Global Perspective, Oxford University Press, chapter 2.
  • Denmark Kleven, Henrik and Schultz, Esben A. (2011). Estimating Taxable Income Responses using Danish Tax Reforms. Mimeo.
  • Finland Jantti, Markus; Riihela, Marja; Sullstrom, Risto and Tuomala, Matti (2010). Trends in Top Income Shares in Finland; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes: A Global Perspective, Oxford University Press, chapter 8. Series updated by the same authors. See also Riihela, Marja; Sullstrom, Risto and Tuomala, Matti (2010). Trends in Top Income Shares in Finland 1966-2007. VATT Research Report 157.
  • France Piketty, Thomas (2001). Les Hauts Revenus en France au 20Ëme siËcle. Paris: Grasset, 807 pp. Piketty, Thomas (2007). Income, Wage and Wealth Inequality in France 1901-1998; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes over the Twentieth Century. A Contrast Between Continental European and English-Speaking Countries, Oxford University Press, chapter 3. Landais, Camille (2007). Les Hauts Revenus en France 1998-2006. Une Explosion des InÈgalitÈs? Paris School of Economics Working Paper. Series updated by the same authors.
  • Germany Dell, Fabien (2007). Top Incomes in Germany Throughout the Twentieth Century 1891-1998; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes over the Twentieth Century. A Contrast Between Continental European and English-Speaking Countries, Oxford University Press, chapter 9. Series updated by the same author.
  • India Banerjee, Abhijit and Piketty, Thomas (2010). Top Indian Incomes 1922-2000; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes: A Global Perspective, Oxford University Press, chapter 1.
  • Indonesia Leigh, Andrew and van der Eng, Pierre (2010). Top Incomes in Indonesia 1920-2004; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes: A Global Perspective, Oxford University Press, chapter 4.
  • Ireland Nolan, Brian (2007). Long Term Trends in Top Income Shares in Ireland; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes over the Twentieth Century. A Contrast Between Continental European and English-Speaking Countries, Oxford University Press, chapter 12.
  • Italy Alvaredo, Facundo and Pisano, Elena (2010). Top Incomes in Italy 1974-2004; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes: A Global Perspective, Oxford University Press, chapter 12. Series updated by the same authors.
  • Japan Moriguchi, Chiaki and Saez, Emmanuel (2010). The Evolucion of Income Concentration in Japan 1886-2005; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes: A Global Perspective, Oxford University Press, chapter 3.
  • Mauritius Atkinson, Anthony B. (2011). Income Distribution and Taxation in Mauritius: A Seventy-five Year History of Top Incomes. Mimeo.
  • Netherlands Salverda, Wiemer and Atkinson, Anthony B. (2007). Top Incomes in the Netherlands over the Twentieth Century; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes over the Twentieth Century. A Contrast Between Continental European and English-Speaking Countries, Oxford University Press, chapter 10.
  • New Zealand Atkinson, Anthony B. and Leigh, Andrew (2007). The Distribution of Top Incomes in New Zealand; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes over the Twentieth Century. A Contrast Between Continental European and English-Speaking Countries, Oxford University Press, chapter 8. Atkinson, Anthony B. and Leigh, Andrew (2007). Top Incomes in New Zealand 1921-2005: Understanding the Effects of Marginal Tax Rates, Migration Threat and the Macroeconomy. Review of Income and Wealth, 54(2): 149-165. Series updated by the same authors.
  • Norway Aaberge, Rolf and Atkinson, Anthony B. (2010). Top Incomes in Norway; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes: A Global Perspective, Oxford University Press, chapter 9. Series updated by the same authors.
  • Portugal Alvaredo, Facundo (2009). Top Incomes and Earnings in Portugal 1936-2005; Explorations in Economic History, 46(4): 404-417. Longer version in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes: A Global Perspective, Oxford University Press, 2010, chapter 11.
  • Singapore Atkinson, Anthony B. (2010). Top Incomes in a Rapidly Growing Economy: Singapore; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes: A Global Perspective, Oxford University Press, chapter 5. Updates by the same author.
  • South Africa Alvaredo, Facundo and Atkinson, Anthony B. (2011). Colonial Rule, Apartheid and Natural Resources: Top Incomes in South Africa 1903-2007. CEPR Discussion Paper 8155.
  • Spain Alvaredo, Facundo and Saez, Emmanuel (2009). Income and Wealth Concentration in Spain from a Historical and Fiscal Perspective; Journal of the European Economic Association, 7(5): 1140-1167. Longer version in Atkinson, B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes: A Global Perspective, Oxford University Press, 2010, chapter 10. Series updated by the same authors.
  • Sweden Roine, Jesper and Waldenstrom, Daniel (2010). Top Incomes in Sweden over the Twentieth Century; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes: A Global Perspective, Oxford University Press, chapter 7. Series updated by the same authors.
  • Switzerland Dell, Fabien; Piketty, Thomas and Saez, Emmanuel (2007). Income and Wealth Concentration in Switzerland over the Twentieth Century; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes over the Twentieth Century. A Contrast Between Continental European and English-Speaking Countries, Oxford University Press, chapter 11.
  • Tanzania Atkinson, Anthony B. (2011). Evidence on Top Incomes in Tanzania 1948-1970. Mimeo.
  • United Kingdom Atkinson, Anthony B. (2007). The Distribution of Top Incomes in the United Kingdom 1908-2000; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes over the Twentieth Century. A Contrast Between Continental European and English-Speaking Countries, Oxford University Press, chapter 4. Series updated by the same author.
  • United States Piketty, Thomas and Saez, Emmanuel (2007). Income and Wage Inequality in the United States 1913-2002; in Atkinson, A. B. and Piketty, T. (editors) Top Incomes over the Twentieth Century. A Contrast Between Continental European and English-Speaking Countries, Oxford University Press, chapter 5. Series updated by the same authors.

Openness: ?

Website has "© The World Top Incomes Database." however data can be downloaded in full and the FAQ makes clear that reuse is expected:

Information taken from this site should be cited as Alvaredo, Facundo, Anthony B. Atkinson, Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, The World Top Incomes Database, http://g-mond.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/topincomes, dd/mm/yyyy. We advise making explicit reference to the date when the database was consulted, as statistics are subject to revisions. The specific country chapters and papers should also be cited.

However, reuse and redistribution of data in bulk and for purposes other than research are unclear.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

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Källa http://g-mond.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/topincomes/
Skapare Facundo Alvaredo, Tony Atkinson, Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez

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