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Share of income held by high-income groups, 1913–2010

Note: Data show market income of tax units (Piketty and Saez), comprehensive household income (CBO), and household money income (CPS). All datasets except CPS include capital gains income. Sharp drops in income shares after 2000 and 2008 were due to the burst of the dot-com bubble in 2001 and the financial crisis of 2008.

Source: Authors' analysis of Piketty and Saez (2012, Table A-3), Congressional Budget Office (2010), and Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement Historical Income Tables (Table H-2)

Updated June 18, 2012
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