extreme-poverty

Americans already think a third of the budget goes to foreign aid. What if it did?

Let's increase foreign aid by $1.47 trillion a year. The reasons not to are quite weak.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 8, 2013

The global upper class makes 32 times as much as the global lower class

The Gini coefficient has a lot of problems. The Palma ratio — the top ten percent's share of income, divided by the bottom 40 percent's — is a better measure. And at a global level, it's staggeringly high.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 26, 2013

15 percent of Americans were in poverty last year. But the definition of “poverty” is wrong.

The official poverty numbers don't take into account either government assistance/taxes, or expenses like housing, transportation, medical care, and child care into account. There's a better way to measure disadvantage.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 17, 2013

This chart might make you feel better about American inequality

The poorest Argentinians and Indians are actually poor. The poorest Americans are solidly middle-class, from a global perspective.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 15, 2013

These three charts show how the world could end extreme poverty by 2030

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim wants to end extreme global poverty in 17 years. Here's how that could happen.