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Population Weighted Gini Index (net), 1987-2013

Sources: SWIID Version 5.1; IMF; Deutsche Bank Research.

This figure from "Rising Income Inequality: Do Not Draw the Obvious Conclusions” by Heiko Peters and Maya Volwahsen shows the progression of the Gini Index in various countries - and groups of countries - over the past three decades. While the trend is upward sloping for all groups, the inequality in emerging economies measures much higher on the Gini Index than that of the advanced economies.