Bruegel datasets

Global and regional Gini coefficients

Last update: 8 November 2016


This database includes global and regional Gini coefficient estimates from the paper:

Darvas, Zsolt (2016) ‘Some are more equal than others: new estimates of global and regional inequality’, Working Paper 2016/08, Bruegel, 7 November 2016

Indicators of income distribution, such as quantile income shares and the Gini coefficient, are available for individual countries, but from official statistical sources they are not available for the world as a whole or for various country groups.

This dataset includes annual data from 1989 onwards on global and regional Gini coefficient estimates, using various methodologies, for the following country groups:

  • 128 countries
  • 18 Asian countries
  • 29 African countries
  • 12 Commonwealth of Independent States countries
  • 28 European Union countries
  • 15 European Union countries (members before 2004)
  • 13 European Union countries (members joined in 2004-13)
  • 22 Latin American countries