This database contains a balanced and unbalanced panel of country-decile groups covering the twenty year period 1988-2008, expressed in a common currency and prices (2005 Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) dollars derived from the 2005 International Comparison Project). The database allows comparisons of average incomes by decile both across time and across countries.
Working paper and publication:
- Working Paper: Global Income Distribution: From the Fall of the Berlin Wall to the Great Recession, Christoph Lakner and Branko Milanovic, 2013, World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6719.
- Publication: Global Income Distribution: From the Fall of the Berlin Wall to the Great Recession, Christoph Lakner and Branko Milanovic, World Bank Economic Review, Advance Access published September 26, 2015.
- Related Blog Posts: VoxEU, World Economic Forum, Let’s Talk Development, CSAE blog (focus on Africa)
The database (1988-2008) used in these papers can be downloaded at the link below. The data are in Stata12 and for five benchmark years: 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008.