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Edward N. Wolff received his PhD from Yale University in 1974 and is currently professor of economics at New York University, where he has taught since 1974. He is a research associate at the NBER, where he is affiliated with the Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program, and is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Economic Inequality and the Review of Income and Wealth.

Wolff was managing editor of the Review of Income and Wealth, 1987–2004; senior scholar at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, 1999–2011; visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, 2003–04; president of the Eastern Economics Association, 2002–2003; and a council member of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, 1987–2012, and the International Input-Output Association, 1995–2003.

His principal research areas are income and wealth inequality. Recent books include: Does Education Really Help? Skill, Work, and Inequality (2006); The Transformation of the American Pension System: Was It Beneficial for Workers? (2011); Inheriting Wealth in America: Future Boom or Bust? (2015); and A Century of Wealth in America (2017). He has also published articles in a wide range of journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, Review of Income and Wealth, and the Journal of Economic Inequality.


1. Household Wealth Trends in the United States, 1962 to 2019: Median Wealth Rebounds … But Not Enough,” Wolff E. NBER Working Paper 28383, January 2021. Published in part as “The Declining Wealth of the Middle Class, 1983–2016,” Contemporary Economic Policy 39(3), July 2021, pp. 461–478.   Go to ⤴︎
2. The Decline of African-American and Hispanic Wealth since the Great Recession,” Wolff E. NBER Working Paper 25198, October 2018, and Review of Income and Wealth, forthcoming.   Go to ⤴︎
3. Valuing Assets in Retirement Savings Accounts,” Poterba J. NBER Working Paper 10395, March 2004. Published in National Tax Journal 57(2, Part 2), 2004, pp. 489–512.   Go to ⤴︎
4. Taxes and the Revaluation of Household Wealth,” Wolff E. NBER Working Paper 27328, June 2020, and Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, forthcoming.     Go to ⤴︎
5. Wealth Taxation in the United States,” Wolff E. NBER Working Paper 26544, December 2019, and Public Sector Economics 44(2), June 2020, pp. 153–178. Go to ⤴︎

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