Social policies and data

OECD Income Distribution Database: Data, Figures, Methods and Concepts

 

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

15 May 2013

New 8-page report: Crisis squeezes income and puts pressure on inequality and poverty in the OECD (report in .pdf and all charts in .xls) - including revised data for Sweden in figures 1, 3 and 5 (11 July 2013).
[Report also available in French, Japanese]

New OECD data show that the global economic crisis has squeezed incomes from work and capital in most countries.

Read the press release " Growing risk of inequality and poverty as crisis hits the poor hardest"

Database (IDD in OECD.Stat)

Trends and levels 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.

See more details (sources & income years) in Metadata on OECD database on income distribution (IDD)

Compare your country? Data visualisation

Addtional visualisation: Explore this CNN dynamic map to show how, in its first 3 years, the crisis made the world more unequal

Methods and Concepts

Quality review of the OECD database on household incomes and poverty and the OECD earnings database (December 2012)

This quality review is in three main parts:
-Part I reports the results of a first self-assessment of different quality dimensions of the OECD Database on Household Income Distribution and Poverty (.pdf)
-Part II assesses the cross-country comparability of the OECD Earnings Distribution Database (.pdf)
-Part III provides detailed country data reviews on income distribution data, for the 34 OECD member countries. These country reviews compare the OECD benchmark series for income distribution and poverty reporting with alternative estimates which are available on a national or international basis -  each country separately (.pdf) including revised versions:

Other international databases related to income distribution

 

Related Documents

 

OECD work on Income Distribution and Poverty

Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising

 

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