How Unequal is Europe?


In April 2019, the World Inequality Lab released a study of the evolution of income inequality in Europe since 1980 “How Unequal Is Europe? Evidence from Distributional National Accounts, 1980-2017“, co-authored by Thomas Blanchet, Lucas Chancel and Amory Gethin.

In September 2020, the authors published an updated version “Why Is Europe More Equal Than the United States?”.

Below, you can download the study, the issue briefs in 4 languages, as well as the data and computer codes used to estimate distributional national accounts for 38 European countries over the 1980-2017 period. 


Top 10% income shares in European regions, 1980-2017


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