Breakdown of Income Share Top 1% (1917-2002)

Finally lets breakdown the Top 1% of income earners into three groups (99.0th to 99.5th, 99.5th to 99.9th, and 99.9th to 100th percentiles). The last group is graphed in red and shows the share of income going to the Top 0.1%. Their income share begins with a high of over 8% of total income then dropping below 5% and jumping back up to over 7%. It is much more volatility than the next highest .4% (99.5th to 99.9th in lavender) or the lower .5% (99.0th to 99.5th in yellow)

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Datasource: Excel file produced by Emmanual Saez and Thomas Piketty

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