The Demography of Inequality: Income, Consumption, and Wealth
Jonathan Fisher, Stanford University
David Johnson, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
Timothy M. Smeeding, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jeffrey Thompson, Federal Reserve Board
We use three data sets to measure the demography of inequality in the U.S. from 1984 through 2010, using the Consumer Expenditure (CE) Survey, the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF), and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). Using these data, this paper explores the intersection of income, consumption, wealth and demographics, focusing on longer-term trends (since 1989).