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.
20 July 2020: New data are available for Finland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom (income year 2018), the Slovak Republic (income year 2017) and Switzerland (income years 2016 and 2017). Data have been revised for Belgium and Ireland (income year 2017). See data:
13 December 2018: Inequalities in emerging economies: Informing the policy dialogue on inclusive growth, OECD Statistics Working Papers, No. 2018/13
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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