World inequality report 2018

The World Inequality Report 2018 relies on a cutting-edge methodology to measure income and wealth inequality in a systematic and transparent manner.
By developing this report, the World Inequality Lab seeks to fill a democratic gap and to equip various actors of society with the necessary facts to engage in informed public debates on inequality.

The objective of the World Inequality Report 2018 is to contribute to a more informed global democratic debate on economic inequality by bringing the latest and most complete data to the public discussion.

Economic inequality is widespread and to some extent inevitable. It is our belief, hovever, that if rising inequality is not properly monitored and addressed, it can lead to various sorts of political, economic, and social catastrophes.

The series presented in this report rely on the collective efforts of more than a hundred researchers, covering all continents, who contribute to the WID.world database.

All the data are available online on wir2018.wid.world and are fully reproducible, allowing anyone to perform their own analysis and make up their own mind about inequality.

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