There are Four Downloadable Income Distribution
Spreadsheets and One Video on this Page.
“Crunching the numbers behind the income gap reveals effects more profound than previously thought.
“… America’s economic ills today and during the Great Depression share a similar cause: lopsided distribution of income and wealth.…
“Economists and other numerophiles will appreciate the author’s quest for more precise metrics on income distribution, and an accompanying website contains spreadsheets for readers to scrutinize the data themselves.…
“[Jeanes] suggests ‘adaptive taxation’ … ensuring that the elite are motivated to serve national interests, not just their own.…
“A convincing, data-driven argument for dividing the economic pie more fairly.”
Be sure to see the video. Much of the following discussion becomes intuitively obvious once you have seen it. From the impractically equal to monstrously inequitable, the lookup table shows substantially all distributions for everyone from bottom to top. When you look through the choices you can see which selection would provide the most appropriate compensation schedule for your nation or for your workplace.
It is difficult to make an appropriate selection. If we err on the side of excessive equality, our professional classes are not adequately compensated. If we err on the side of excessive inequality in order to disproportionately compensate those in high positions, we impoverish the majority. Since the Lookup Table is a spreadsheet, we can make comparisons with what we might consider the “ideal” state and see if it indeed does treat all classes fairly. After looking at the data and drawing a few graphs, we can see the differences between various possible distributions. Bluster and rants at either extreme of political spectrum usually fail to take into account the consequences of their very words.
In this workbook there are four spreadsheet tabs: 1) The X$ tab (orange) shows the consequences of any of the selected distributions, regardless of currency or average income, 2) The Currency tab (green), using the X$s, converts the average income to the full range of potential outcomes (in the currency of your nation). The starting average is a $48,000 GDP per capita for the USA. You can change that figure to get a view of the various distribution options you face in whatever nation you live. 3) The third tab (yellow) provides a graph of those of us at the low end, and 4) The fourth tab (blue) provides a graph of those of us who are rich.
By starting here we are looking at central tendencies of the full range of distributions. Each nation and historical cases will slightly vary from the closest fitting curve. But those variations usually are not important. Get a closely fitting curve, and the economic outcome is apt to be about the same. The Lookup Table spreadsheet gives a median representation for each of the distributions. The disputatious details where curves do not exactly match a particular case usually do not make much difference. The percentage share that the bottom 60% majority receive (the MAJ) is the all-important number that makes the difference. It is the number that rules when we look at how effectively nations and societies perform.
The next time you hear some bombastic statement about income distribution, you can quickly gauge whether it has any merit. In these times, ignorant income-distribution chatter has devastated too many people and too many economies.
When you press the following download button, an Excel file (Dilives Lookup_Table.xlsx, 1.5 MB) will be downloaded to your computer. A small symbol beneath your browser window will usually indicate that the file has downloaded.
2) The USA — 1776 to the present
This spreadsheet provides a reasonable estimate of the inflation-adjusted income for substantially everyone who has ever lived in the USA, from 1776 to the present.
Before starting with USA data, please see the video and work with the prior lookup table. The same spreadsheet features that appear in the lookup table are applied to the USA spreadsheets. You will benefit from being familiar with them when navigating this file.
The estimates, especially in distant U.S. history, are intended to give a general understanding of how our ancestors faired. But they should not be interpreted as being rock-solid exact, for the principal reason that original data was often scanty. Notwithstanding, the spreadsheet seems to provide a credible picture based on data now available.
For the past 30 years available wealth and income data is much better. It has been good enough to get a clear picture of the present era and the profoundly adverse influence maldistribution has had on it. In contrast to all of USA history, the rise in incomes within the Upper 1/2% constitutes an unprecedented explosion.
This workbook has 4 tabs. Be sure to see all of them. The two green tabs respectively express income and wealth in X$s. The two blue tabs express income and wealth in inflation-adjusted dollars.
When you press the following download button, an Excel file (Dilives_USA_Income_Wealth_1774_2011.xlsx, 2.2 MB) will be downloaded to your computer. A small symbol beneath your browser window will usually indicate that the file has downloaded.
3) The World
Before starting with this section, please see the video and use the prior lookup table.
Worldwide income distribution data varies greatly in quality, so at best, the outcome in some nations can be expected to be more dire than represented here. But until income distribution data is taken seriously by governments and widely available to audit, it is apt to remain open to conjecture.
When you press the following download button, an Excel file (Dilives_The_World.xlsx, 3.7 MB) will be downloaded to your computer. A small symbol beneath your browser window will usually indicate that the file has downloaded.
4) Various USA sources
This workbook will bore you to tears, unless you are a student of income distribution who is interested in exploring the differences between various USA reported distribution data sources after they have been subjected to Jeanes' programs. The data here allows you to follow up on the discussion in the Distribution of Lives Appendix.
Again before starting with this section, please see the video and be sure you are familiar with and have used the prior lookup table.
While there is good and valuable top-end data from Piketty and Saez, we bring together here various bottom-to-top studies principally representing how various governmental entities have viewed income distribution insofar as can be determined by their reports.
In this download the data sources are subjected to Jeanes' methods, so the presentation and thrust often differs from the intentions of the original authors.
When you press the following download button, an Excel file (Dilives_Compare_Congress_Jeanes_Census FED.xlsx, 460KB) will be downloaded to your computer. A small symbol beneath your browser window will usually indicate that the file has downloaded.
For those of you who want access to the video mp4 file to translate it and made it available in your nation or to make it available on public media you may download it by clicking here (35Mb). Please cite Dilives.com as the source. The script is available here.
The printed book is decidedly the preferred way to read this work (because of its many graphs and the need to page between them), but if you are too poor to purchase either the printed book or the ebook, the work is 100% browsable at Google books. Distribution of Lives: the income maldistribution plague 2012 is here and the condensed version is here.