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New Insights on the Decline of the Middle Class

May 17, 2017
Lifetime Incomes in the United
States over Six Decades

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In a recent working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, Fatih Guvenen and his co-authors Greg Kaplan, Jae Song, and Justin Weidner, examine indiviudal labor income histories over six decades. They find that overall, substantial changes in labor market outcomes for younger workers are a critical driver of trends in both the level and inequality of lifetime income over the past 50 years.

Their research was profiled in the New York Times, New York Times Editorial, Washington Post, NBC News, Bloomberg, Bloomberg Quint, Slate, Seattle Times, Business Insider, HuffPost, and the Star Tribune.

Fatih Guvenen is a professor of economics at the University of Minnesota

Jae Song is an economist with the Social Security Administration

Greg Kaplan is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago

Justin Weidner is a Ph.D. student at Princeton University