June 02, 2004

Gini coefficients

Here’s a handy-dandy table of Gini coefficients (via The Gweilo Diaries). The Gini coefficient measures income inequality – the lower the number, the more equal. Israel comes in at .36, quite a bit more equal than the US at .41, and the same as the UK, Ireland and Portugal. I would like to see the same figures excluding immigrants. A lot of the income inequality in both Israel and the US (and perhaps the other countries) is a result of immigration, but I don’t think anyone would suggest that the immigrants would be better off if they were excluded.

Posted by David Boxenhorn at June 2, 2004 03:02 PM
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That's (sometimes) the trouble with formulae. They show everything...and nothing. A more useful formulation would show the dynamic of individual change inhabiting the lower end. That's where the real story is. Peasanthood - permanent or merely temporary?

Posted by: Stephen at June 2, 2004 07:08 PM Permalink

Also more telling would be the shape of the Lorenz curve, linked from the Gini page. How much of that total inequality is grinding poverty at the low end (noting that poverty in the U.S. does not particularly grind) and how much if fabulous wealth at the high end.

Posted by: triticale at June 6, 2004 03:24 AM Permalink

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