July 6, 2017
Written by WID.world

New income inequality series and paper for Cote d’Ivoire

HIGHLIGHTS: New WID.world data shows that the level of inequality in Cote d’Ivoire is substantially higher than previously thought. According to survey data, the top 1% income share in Cote d’Ivoire was 11.6% in 2014. According to our new estimates, the top 1% income share is of 17.1% and the top 10% earners capture 48.3% of total fiscal income. This places Cote d’Ivoire among the group of high inequality countries, with levels comparable to that of the USA. Income inequality in Cote d’Ivoire decreased from 1988 to 1993, reached a peak in 2002, and moderately decreased over the last two decades.

This new paper by L. Czajka entitled “Income Inequality in Cote d’Ivoire” combines survey and fiscal data to adjust the income distribution from surveys and estimate new inequality statistics in Cote d’Ivoire over the period 1988-2014. After South Africa and Mauritius, Cote d’Ivoire is now the third Sub-Saharan African country for which we have had access to recent tax data. Full data files and computer code can be accessed below this graph.