Chartbook of Economic Inequality

ECINEQ WP 2014 - 324

66 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2014

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A. B. Atkinson

University of Oxford - Nuffield College of Medicine

Salvatore Morelli

The Graduate Center - CUNY

Date Written: March 8, 2014


The purpose of this Chartbook is to present a summary of evidence about long-run changes in economic inequality - primarily income, earnings, and wealth - for 25 countries covering more than one hundred years. There is a range of countries and they account for more than a third of the world's population: Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US. The results are presented in 25 charts, one for each country, together with a description of the sources.

Keywords: inequality, poverty, gini, top income shares, top wealth shares, earnings distribution, historical evolution

Suggested Citation

Atkinson, A. B. and Morelli, Salvatore, Chartbook of Economic Inequality (March 8, 2014). ECINEQ WP 2014 - 324. Available at SSRN: or

A. B. Atkinson

University of Oxford - Nuffield College of Medicine ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 1NF
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Salvatore Morelli (Contact Author)

The Graduate Center - CUNY ( email )

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New York, NY 10021
United States

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