Top Incomes in Brazil: Preliminary Results

7 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2014

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Pedro Souza

Universidade de Brasília (UnB)

Marcelo Medeiros

IPEA - Institute for Applied Economic Research; UnB - University of Brasilia

Fabio Avila de Castro

Universidade de Brasília (UnB) - Campus Universitario Darcy Ribeiro

Date Written: October 23, 2014

Abstract

We present the preliminary results of our analysis of top incomes in Brazil from 2006 to 2012. We describe the evolution of the income shares of the top 1% and the top 5% and estimate a "corrected" Gini coefficient. The data used comes from personal income tax returns, national accounts and household surveys. The results show that the levels of income inequality in Brazil are higher than those estimated using household surveys, and, contrary to what these surveys show, inequality did not fall over this period: the current trend is of stability.

Keywords: income inequality, top incomes, top income shares, tax data

JEL Classification: D3, N36

Suggested Citation

Souza, Pedro and Medeiros, Marcelo and Castro, Fábio Avila de, Top Incomes in Brazil: Preliminary Results (October 23, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2511314 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2511314

Pedro Souza (Contact Author)

Universidade de Brasília (UnB) ( email )

Campus Universitário Darcy Ribeiro
Asa Norte
Brasília, Distrito Federal 70910-900
Brazil
556181232513 (Phone)

Marcelo Medeiros

IPEA - Institute for Applied Economic Research ( email )

SBS-01, Ed. BNDES
1610
Brasilia, DF 70076-900
Brazil

HOME PAGE: http://www.ipea.gov.br

UnB - University of Brasilia ( email )

Campus Universitário Darcy Ribeiro
Brasilia, Distrito Federal 70910-900
Brazil

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Fábio Avila de Castro

Universidade de Brasília (UnB) - Campus Universitario Darcy Ribeiro ( email )

Campus Universitário Darcy Ribeiro
Brasilia, Distrito Federal 70910-900
Brazil

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