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GS 233: Topics in Journalism - Income Distribution: Tools

A comprehensive list of tools to look at income distribution between citizens living within the United States and around the globe as a whole.

Tools for Measuring Inequatity

Inequality

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Gini Index

  The Gini Index or the Gini coefficient is the most popular tool
  used to calculate inequality by economists.
The Gini Index and the 20/20 Ratio

 20:20 Ratio

The 20:20 ratio compares income of the top twenty percent of the
population in a given area to the bottom twenty percent of the group.

See also: http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/resources2/spirit-level/methods
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Palma Ratio

This tool compares the income of the top ten percent of the population
in a given area to the bottom forty percent.

See also: http://www.cgdev.org/blog/palma-vs-gini-measuring-post-2015-inequality

 

 

  Theil Index

The Theil index is a statistic used to measure economic inequality
that borrows from information theory.
 
 
  
 
 

 

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