Income Inequality in the United States in the Late 1860s

Mark Stelzner

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I utilize data from the Civil War income tax to calculate the income shares of the top 1 and 0.1 percent of the population in the United States in the late 1860s - extending Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez's series back in time. As we will see, income inequality during this period represents a low comparable to the late 1970s.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)889-900
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Economic History
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 27 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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