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Global inequality recalculated : the effect of new 2005 PPP estimates on global inequality, Volume 1
Author:Milanovic, Branko; Country:World;
Date Stored:2009/09/22Document Date:2009/09/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Inequality; Economic Theory & Research; Emerging Markets; Equity and Development; Poverty Impact Evaluation
Language:EnglishRegion:The World Region
Report Number:WPS5061Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5061
Volume No:1Related Dataset:World Income Distribution (WYD);

Summary: The results of new direct price level comparisons across 148 countries in 2005 have led to large revisions of purchasing power parity exchanges rates, particularly for China and India. The recalculation of international and global inequalities, using the new purchasing power parity rates, shows that inequalities are substantially higher than previously thought. Inequality between global citizens is estimated at 70 Gini points rather than 65 as before. The richest decile receives 57 percent of global income rather than 50 percent.

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