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Trends in global inequality using a new integrated dataset

Carlos Gradín ()

No wp-2021-61, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: This paper presents preliminary evidence of the annual global income distribution since 1950 using a new integrated dataset that aggregates standardized country income distributions at the percentile level estimated from various sources in the World Income Inequality Database. I analyse the extent to which the main global inequality trends depend on specific distributive views, i.e. absolute or relative, or with more emphasis in specific parts of the distribution. The results show absolute inequality increasing almost continuously.

Keywords: Global inequality; Income distribution; WIID; Income inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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