Thomas Blanchet

I am an economist working on inequality and public finance. I obtained my Ph.D. from the Paris School of Economics in 2020. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. I am also the coordinator for national accounts, statistical tools and methods for the World Inequality Lab at the Paris School of Economics.

Papers

Uncovering the Dynamics of the Wealth Distribution in the United States

  • Preliminary draft [coming soon]

  • Slides [coming soon]

Real-Time Inequality (with Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman)

Why Is Europe More Equal than the United States? (with Lucas Chancel and Amory Gethin), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (forthcoming)

The Weight of the Rich: Correcting Surveys with Tax Data (with Ignacio Flores and Marc Morgan), Journal of Economic Inequality, 2022

Generalized Pareto Curves: Theory and Applications (with Juliette Fournier and Thomas Piketty), Review of Income and Wealth, 2022, 68: 263-288

Software

Stata command “enforce”

  • Stata command to enforce arbitrary accounting identities between variables.

  • Type ssc install enforce in Stata to install.

  • Code on GitHub

  • SSC archive

Stata command “wid”

R package “wid”

R package “gpinter

Stata command “bfmcorr

  • Stata module to implement the survey correction method of Blanchet, Flores and Morgan (2022).

  • Type ssc install bfmcorr in Stata to install.

Miscellaneous

Distributional National Accounts Guidelines (2021)

  • I was one of the main coordinators for the latest revision of the Distributional National Accounts Guidelines, the document that establishes the current methodological practices used on wid.world.

  • Link to PDF

Expert Group Report on the Measurement of Inequality and Redistribution

  • I was co-rapporteur for an official report commanded by the French Statistical Office (INSEE) on the measurement of inequality within the distributional national accounts framework.

  • English version

  • French version

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Stata guide for style and good practices)

  • This basic Stata style guide is the first thing that I ask research assistants to read.

  • It's very much incomplete, but it covers the basics.

  • Link to PDF

Applying Generalized Pareto Curves to Inequality Analysis (2018)

  • with Bertrand Garbinti, Jonathan Goupille and Clara Martìnez-Toledano

  • American Economic Association: Papers & Proceedings, 2018, 108: 114–118

  • Small paper, companion to Generalized Pareto Curves: Theory and Applications.

  • Link to the paper

Prices and currency conversions in WID.world (2017)

  • Technical note, targeted at users of wid.world, explaining the different approaches and conventions used to perform price adjustments.

  • Its content it now mostly subsumed into the latest DINA guidelines.

  • Link to PDF

National Accounts Series Methodology (2016)

  • with Lucas Chancel

  • Technical note detailing the methodology used to construct harmonized national income series on wid.world.

  • Its content it now mostly subsumed into the latest DINA guidelines.

  • Link to PDF

Wealth inequality in Europe and in the United States: estimations from surveys, national accounts and wealth rankings (2016)

  • Master Thesis, defended at the Paris School of Economics.

  • Link to PDF