To benchmark and monitor income inequality and poverty across countries, the OECD relies on a dedicated statistical database: the OECD Income Distribution Database which offers data on levels and trends in Gini coefficients before and after taxes and transfers, average and median household disposable incomes, relative poverty rates and poverty gaps, before and after taxes and transfers, etc. Due to the increasing importance of income inequality and poverty issues in policy discussion, the database is now annually updated. If you would like to be informed by email when the database is updated, please contact ELS-STDIncome.firstname.lastname@example.org.
15 June 2018: Starting from December 2017, the OECD IDD database is no longer updated annually but more frequently, about 3 times a year. New data are available for Costa Rica (income year 2017); Finland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States (income year 2016); Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg and Switzerland (income year 2015). Data have been revised for Netherlands (income years 2011-15). See data:
November 2016: Release of OECD Inequality Update 2016 "Income inequality remains high in the face of weak recovery"
METHODs and concepts
This quality review (December 2012) is in three main parts:
See also external Review of the OECD Income Distribution Database - The Journal of Economic Inequality - December 2015, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 579–602
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