Income Distribution Data

We have learned that there is relatively little information available to the public on global income distribution. This gives us the ability to visualize the relative equality of income distribution trends. We calculated all countries' quintile income distribution percentages into annual U.S. dollar (2000) amounts. This gave us the ability to identify top income trends by putting all the countries data into consistent units. Please note that where there was no data available for a given year, a zero value was used, as is visible on the charts.

Below are a series of six graphs that demonstrate each countries income distribution since 1979 compared to the U.S.
Note: Click images to enlarge. A download of the Excel file (.xls) with these graphs and sourced data is available below.

Data Sources: Alvaredo, Facundo, Anthony B. Atkinson, Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, The World Top Incomes Database, http://g-mond.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/topincomes, 17/08/2011; Waldenstron, Daniel PhD professor in Economics at Uppsala University, Sweden – http://www.anst.uu.se/danwa175/Data.htm. 20/3/2011; U.S. Congressional Budget Office http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=8885&zzz=36148

United States' Income Distribution since 1979



United States' Income Distribution since 1979
U.S. Wealth Distribution (USD 2000)



United States' Income Distribution since 1979
U.S. Wealth Distribution (USD 2000)



United States' Income Distribution since 1979
U.S. Wealth Distribution (USD 2000)



United States' Income Distribution since 1979
U.S. Wealth Distribution (USD 2000)



United States' Income Distribution since 1979
U.S. Wealth Distribution (USD 2000)

Sweden's Income Distribution since 1979 (U.S. scale)



Australia's Income Distribution since 1979 (U.S. scale)



Germany's Income Distribution since 1979 (U.S. scale)



Canada's Income Distribution since 1979 (U.S. scale)



Argentina's Income Distribution since 1979 (U.S. scale)




Spain's Income Distribution since 1979 (U.S. scale)

Sweden's Income Distribution since 1979



Australia's Income Distribution since 1979




Germany's Income Distribution since 1979




Canada's Income Distribution since 1979



Argentina's Income Distribution since 1979



Spain's Income Distribution since 1979

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Alan Berkel,
Mar 4, 2012, 1:08 PM
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