Last update: 13 January 2023
This dataset includes updated global and regional Gini coefficient estimates from the paper:
Darvas, Zsolt (2019), ‘Global interpersonal income inequality decline: the role of China and India’, World Development 121, 16-32.
An earlier version of this work has been published as:
Darvas, Zsolt (2016) ‘Some are more equal than others: new estimates of global and regional inequality’, Working Paper 2016/08, Bruegel, 7 November 2016
Indicators of income distribution, such as quantile income shares and the Gini coefficient, are available for individual countries, but from official statistical sources they are not available for the world as a whole or for various country groups.
This dataset includes annual data from 1988-2020 (or 1980-2020 for EU15 countries) on global and regional Gini coefficient estimates, using various methodologies, for the following country groups:
- 145 countries
- 37 Advanced countries
- 108 Emerging and developing countries
- 13 Non-EU advanced countries
- 17 Emerging and developing Asian countries and ASEAN-5
- 32 Sub-Saharan African countries
- 12 Commonwealth of Independent States countries
- 28 European Union countries
- 27 European Union countries (current members)
- 15 European Union countries (members before 2004)
- 13 European Union countries (members joined in 2004-13)
19 Euro area countries
- 24 Latin American and the Caribbean countries
- 12 Middle East and North African countries
The dataset also includes the deconstruction of the change in global and regional Gini coefficients of net income inequality into three main components: (1) within-country inequality, (2) differences in mean incomes (between-country inequality), and (3) relative population size.
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