The U.S. Income Distribution and Mobility: Trends and International Comparisons

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 4, 2012

CRS – The U.S. Income Distribution and Mobility: Trends and International Comparisons. Linda Levine, Specialist in Labor Economics, November 29, 2012

  • The historically slow rebound in the labor market from the 2007-2009 recession appears to be partly responsible for the current focus of some within the public policy community on the unequal distribution of the benefits of economic growth (e.g., higher national income) across U.S. households. This report examines changes over time and across countries in the shape of the income distribution to afford Members of Congress a broader perspective when deliberating such policy issues as the progressivity of income tax rates, the generosity of social insurance programs, and the level of the minimum wage.”
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