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Role of executives and financial sector in income growth of top 1.0% and top 0.1%, 1979–2005

Share of total income* 1979–2005
1979 1993 1999 2001 2005 Change Share
A. By rank and occupation of primary taxpayer
Top 1.0% 9.7% 14.0% 19.3% 17.5% 21.0% 11.2 100%
Executives, managers, and supervisors (nonfinance) 3.8 5.6 7.8 6.5 7.9 4.0 36%
Finance workers, including executives 0.9 1.8 3.1 3.0 3.4 2.5 23%
Total, executives and finance workers 4.8 7.4 10.9 9.4 11.3 6.5 58%
Top 0.1% 3.3% 5.5% 9.3% 7.9% 10.3% 7.0 100%
Executives, managers, and supervisors (nonfinance) 1.6 2.8 4.5 3.5 4.7 3.1 44%
Finance workers, including executives 0.4 0.9 1.8 1.7 2.1 1.6 23%
Total, executives and finance workers 2.0 3.7 6.3 5.2 6.7 4.7 67%
B. Share of households with working spouse employed as executive or in finance
Top 1.0% 10.0% 14.2% 16.1% 15.9% 15.7% 5.7 n/a
Top 0.1% 11.6 15.3 16.0 15.0 15.5 3.9 n/a

* Household income including capital gains

Source: Authors' analysis of Bakija, Cole, and Heim (2012, Tables 4, 5, 6a, and 7a)

Updated June 18, 2012

Documentation and methodology

Table is based on authors’ analysis of Bakija, Cole, and Heim (2012) Tables 4, 5, 6a, and 7a, using tables that include capital-gains income. The Bakija, Cole, and Heim paper tabulates IRS tax returns and exploits the information on the primary and secondary taxpayer occupation data provided there.

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