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Chartbook of economic inequality

Working Paper 2014-324


The purpose of this Chartbook is to present a summary of evidence about long-run changes in economic inequality – primarily income, earnings, and wealth – for 25 countries covering more than one hundred years. There is a range of countries and they account for more than a third of the world’s population: Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US. The results are presented in 25 charts, one for each country, together with a description of the sources. The underlying figures are available for download at

Authors: Anthony B. Atkinson, Salvatore Morelli.

Keywords: Occupational segregation; local segregation; race; ethnicity; gender; wages;
JEL: J15; J16; J71; D63.