Economics/Class Relations

These 15 countries have the widest gaps between rich and poor

The US is #9 on this list. Unbelievably, I am constantly coming across “libertarians” who think this doesn’t matter. Read some Aristotle or Tocqueville, folks.

By Grant Suneson and Samuel Stebbins

USA Today

In American politics, the issue of income inequality comes up frequently. As wealth continues to concentrate at the top – now the wealthiest 10% of American households control nearly 75% of household net worth – the middle continues to shrink, and some previously thriving metro areas have been hard hit by extreme poverty.

But income inequality is not a uniquely American issue. Nations from all six populated continents have massive wealth gaps between their richest and poorest residents. Many of the most economically productive countries in the world have not been able to devise a way to stop, or even slow, the growing inequality.

Income inequality across a population is quantified using the Gini coefficient measure. On the Gini scale, inequality is measured from 0 to 1, where 0 represents a perfectly equal society and 1 represents extreme inequality where a single individual controls all the wealth.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the Gini coefficient of 42 countries from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to identify the countries with the widest gaps between the rich and the poor. Both OECD member states and affiliated states were considered. OECD members tend to be high-income nations, and income inequality may be even more pronounced in poorer countries not considered.


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