November 17, 2022
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What’s new about global inequality? released its annual inequality update.


  • Our global network of researchers mobilized the most recent wealth and income inequality data, obtained from tax authorities, statistical agencies and other institutions, to update inequality series on the World Inequality Database. We now provide income and wealth inequality data up to 2021 for most countries.


  • Learn about’s methodology to distribute income and wealth growth across the world and within countries.



Find out more about our regional findings:


  • East Asia : The top 0.001% in China now owns close to 10% of national wealth, this is more than the share of the poorest half of the Chinese population, who owns about 6% of national wealth.


  • Europe : Wealth inequality has been rising in many European countries over the past decades. Europe inequality levels however remain low by global standards, in part thanks to relatively low pretax inequality levels (largely part due to predistribution policies such as universal access to education and healthcare, minimum wages, workers regulations, etc.).


  • Latin America : Tax and monetary transfer systems are often regressive in Latin America due to their reliance on indirect taxes and limited transfers. The region remains one of the most unequal on earth, with top 10% wealth share around 70-80% of the total.


  • Middle East : The region is also one of the most unequal in the world, with a top 10% regional income share nearing 56% of total income and a top 10% wealth share around 70-80%.


  • North America : Real disposable income for the bottom 50% was 20% higher in 2021 than in 2019, but fell in the 1st half 2022 as the expansion of the welfare state during the pandemic was rolled back.


  • Russia and Central Asia : Russian wealth inequality is extreme (the top 1% own close to 50% of all assets) and a huge share of assets is held offshore. Without a proper asset registry, Western governments will continue to struggle to identify these assets and fail to properly tax or freeze them.


  • Sub-Saharan Africa : Data quality remains particularly low in the Sub Saharan Africa, which also exhibits some of the highest inequality levels on the planet.


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