Trickle Up Economics, Illustrated

You guys’ll love this, let’s have a political food fight about it…

From the Wall Street Journal:

A new chart from the Economic Policy Institute, using data from NYU Economist Ed Wolff, shows that more than 80% of the nation’s wealth gains between 1983 and 2009 went to the wealthiest top 5%.  The top 1% gained 40% of the nation’s total  wealth gain, while the next 4% gained 41.5%.

The share of wealth held by the bottom 60% dropped 7.5%.

Put another way, the top 1% gained an average of $4.5 million per household, while the next richest 4% gained $1.2 million.

Oh boy.

Source:

The Wealthiest 5% Grabbed Most of the America’s Gains (WSJ)

 

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