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Understanding Estimates of Economic Inequality

Understanding Estimates of Economic Inequality
7 pages

Mager, Franziska

Walsh, Martin

Publication date
24 Jan 2017


Oxfam GB

Oxfam Research Guidelines

Guidelines and toolkits

From day to day we are confronted with headlines about inequality rising or falling. Oxfam and others have warned of high and rising extreme inequality and its undesirable impacts on poverty and social justice. In a highly political and contentious landscape, we are more empowered as activists and campaigners when we know how measures of inequality are calculated and what they tell us. Specifically, to make evidence-based arguments, we need to understand the diversity of measures and data used for capturing inequality. This guideline introduces the fundamentals of how economic inequality is estimated.