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News from EPI EPI to Hold Media Teleconference on the Top 1 Percent in Every State

On Monday, Jan. 26 at 12:00 p.m. ET, the Economic Policy Institute will hold a media teleconference on the top 1 percent in every state and region in the country. In The Increasingly Unequal States of America: Income Inequality by State, 1917 to 2012, Estelle Sommeiller and Mark Price update their analysis of IRS data—using the same methodology employed by Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez to generate their widely cited findings—and show that inequality is rising throughout the United States. Price and Sommeiller will discuss key findings of their paper including:

  • Where inequality has risen the most since the Great Recession, including the 17 states where the top 1 percent of earners captured 100 percent of income gains.
  • Which states have the largest disparities between the top 1 percent and bottom 99 percent of earners
  • The average incomes of the top 1 percent, top 0.1 percent, and top 0.01 percent in each state
  • How much income it takes to be in the top 1 percent in each state

What: Media teleconference on rising income inequality in every state

Who: Estelle Sommeiller, socio-economist at the Institute for Research in Economic and Social Sciences in France
Mark Price, labor economist at the Keystone Research Center

When: Monday, Jan. 26 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Call-in number: 1-800-311-9402

Passcode: UNEQUAL

To RSVP and receive an embargoed copy of the paper, email