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Even if innovation is motivated by top income we don't know how exactly they are related. For example if top income is taxed it's still top in relation to other income. With people usually relationships matter not the absolute values.

Also even if people work for a chance to be in "top" the probability of actually getting there might be irrelevant. People horribly overestimate probability of positive outcomes. Basiaclly 1 in a million and 1 in a billion is a the same for people. What's more they don't translate both to "impossible" but to "it's gonna be tough but I got a shot"

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