Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Preprints, Working Papers, ...

Top Incomes in Korea, 1933-2010: Evidence from Income Tax Statistics

Abstract : This paper constructs the long-term series of top income shares in Korea using income tax statistics. Top income shares dropped sharply after WWII, remained low during industrialization periods, and has ascended since the mid-1990s. We suggest that the fall in the top income shares after WWII can be explained by the economic collapse and political disruption after liberation. The rising income concentration in the last 15 years could be attributable to the drastic shift in industrial structure and the institutional factors such as the reduction in the marginal tax rate and the post-crisis changes in the corporate governance system.
Document type :
Preprints, Working Papers, ...
Complete list of metadata

Cited literature [1 references]  Display  Hide  Download
Contributor : Caroline Bauer <>
Submitted on : Friday, May 29, 2020 - 9:28:28 PM
Last modification on : Friday, August 7, 2020 - 3:40:23 PM


Files produced by the author(s)


  • HAL Id : halshs-02654208, version 1



Nak Nak Nyeon, Jongil Kim. Top Incomes in Korea, 1933-2010: Evidence from Income Tax Statistics. 2014. ⟨halshs-02654208⟩



Record views


Files downloads