international-development

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
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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
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Could a program tracking identities of 1.3 billion Indians be the secret to ending poverty?

Big Brother has a name, and it is Nandan Nilekani. Will his program help pull hundreds of millions of Indians out of poverty?