Story: Income and wealth distribution

Income equality in the OECD countries (1st of 2)

Income equality in the OECD countries

This graph provides some indication of the inequality of income in New Zealand as compared with other OECD countries. It uses the Gini coefficient, which calculates the average income distance between any two individuals in the population, scaled by the average income. Scores close to 100% imply extreme inequality; those close to zero suggest great equality. Using this scale New Zealand’s score of 34% placed it 23rd of 30 countries in terms of equality. It was more equal than the United States, about the same as Ireland and the United Kingdom, but less equal than Australia. The figures were from around 2004, except for Switzerland (2001) and Japan (2000).

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Brian Easton, 'Income and wealth distribution - Personal income distribution', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 January 2018)

Story by Brian Easton, published 11 Mar 2010