the 2 Minute Paper

Our 2min summaries provide a quick overview of academic papers on inequality (and some books). The idea of the 2-minute paper is to crowd-source a literature review that is useful to our group members. If you've recently read an interesting paper or book and would like to submit a summary, please visit our submission page.

October 27, 2015


The Point: The authors find that intergenerational mobility in the United States has not decreased over time (looking at birth cohorts from 1971-1993), despite the fact that inequality over this time period has increased. 

The Quote: "Envision the income distribution as a ladder, with each percentile repre...

October 15, 2015



The Point: Attanasio and Pistaferri introduce a new imputation method for analyzing consumption inequality in the US. Most studies of consumption inequality in the U.S. rely on data from the consumer expenditure survey (CEX), which provides comprehensive micro-level data starting in the 1980s, but the CEX data...

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