Top Earners: Comparing the US, Canada, Denmark and Sweden

Alejandro Badel, Moira Daly, Mark Huggett, Martin Nybom

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We document a common set of life-cycle earnings facts using data from the US, Canada, Denmark and Sweden. In each country, we find that (1) the earnings distribution fans out with age, (2) the right tail of the earnings distribution becomes thicker with age, (3) the wage-rate distribution fans out with age and (4) the real earnings growth rate over the working lifetime is larger for higher lifetime earners. Compared to the US, we find that Denmark and Sweden have a more compressed earnings and wage rate distribution above the median and a smaller real earnings growth rates for top lifetime earners.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Dynamics - Toulouse, France
Duration: 30 Jun 20162 Jul 2016


Conference2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Dynamics
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  • Earnings
  • Inequality
  • Top earners
  • Taxation

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