Social policies and data

Income Inequality and Poverty


Is everyone getting their fair share? 

There is widespread concern that economic growth has not been fairly shared, and that the economic crisis has only widened the gap between rich and poor. The Social Policy Division examines the trends and patterns in inequality and poverty for OECD and emerging countries. Its work analyses the multiple causes linked to growing inequalities, such as globalisation, technological change and changes in redistribution and policy fashion. It also assesses the effectiveness of social and labour market policies in tackling poverty and high inequalities.


What's New?

9 December 2014:

June 2014: Income Inequality Update (8-page report)


OECD Income Distribution Database

Acces to the database developed over the last 20 years to benchmark and monitor countries' performance in the field of income inequality and poverty


Gini coefficient of income inequality OECD average, mid-1980s = 100 >

Gini coefficient graph income inequality


"Tackling High Inequalities: Creating Opportunities for All": overview of income inequality trends in the United States from an international perspective, including key elements of a policy package for promoting equality of opportunities in the US (June 2014)

Focus on Top Incomes and Taxation in OECD Countries: Was the crisis a game changer? (May 2014)


Publications / Reports

A full listing of our latest publications, reports and other related documents on income distribution and poverty.



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