Chart of the day

Posted: 15 February 2013 in Uncategorized
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top decile


The Great Recession in the United States only depressed top income shares temporarily and, based on data through 2011, will not undo any of the dramatic increase in top income shares that has taken place since the 1970s. Indeed, excluding realized capital gains, the top decile income share in 2011 was equal to 46.5 percent, the highest ever since 1917.

This is what average incomes for the top decile and the rest—the bottom 90 percent—look like over the entire period:


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