Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/201487
Authors: 
Badel, Alejandro
Daly, Moira
Huggett, Mark
Nybom, Martin
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper No. 2017:9
Publisher: 
Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU), Uppsala
Abstract: 
We provide a common set of life-cycle earnings statistics using administrative data from the United States, Canada, Denmark and Sweden. Three qualitative patterns are common across countries: (1) the earnings distribution above the median fans out with age, (2) the extreme right tail of the earnings distribution becomes thicker with age, and (3) the growth rate of earnings over the working lifetime is larger for groups with higher lifetime earnings. Models of top earners should account for these qualitative patterns and, importantly, for how they quantitatively differ across countries.
Subjects: 
Earnings
inequality
top earners
top incomes
JEL: 
D31
D91
H21
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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