The Truth-O-Meter Says:

"We now have the greatest income inequality since the Great Depression."

John Edwards on Saturday, May 12th, 2007 in a story by Reuters wire service.

Economists find large income gap

Indeed, economists have found that the top tier of Americans earn a disproportionately large percent of the income, and they almost always have. The income gap narrowed just after the Great Depression but has been climbing since -- most sharply in the 1980s and 1990s. An analysis of income tax returns by economists Emmanuel Saez at the University of California, Berkley, and Thomas Piketty of the Paris School of Economics found that income going to the top 1 percent doubled from 8 percent of total income earned in the workforce in 1980 to 16 percent in 2004, and reached pre-Depression levels in 2005.
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Published: Tuesday, June 12th, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Subjects: Economy


Quarterly Journal of Economics , with updated charts and more studies by Emmanuel Saez, University of California at Berkley, here ; U.S. Census Bureau, whose 2000 report on the topic can be found here. ; and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Written by: Wes Allison
Researched by: Wes Allison
Edited by: Scott Montgomery

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