La chute des inégalités françaises au xxe siècle: Explications alternatives

Translated title of the contribution: High incomes and inequality (France, 20th century)

François Bourguignon

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Based on a systematic exploitation of administrative data available ever since the creation of the income tax in 1914, Thomas Piketty provides an original analysis of evolution of the income distribution in France during the 20th century and of the role played by the taxation of income. This book, in the straight tradition of the pioneering work undertaken fifty years ago by Simon Kuznets on the history of inequality in the United States, is discussed here by François Bourguignon and Gilles Postel-Vinay.

Translated title of the contributionHigh incomes and inequality (France, 20th century)
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)675-686
Number of pages12
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • General Social Sciences


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