Conflict and Inequality: Global Income Disparity Since World War II

The change in Gini indices has differed across countries. Some countries have change little over time, such as Belgium, Canada, Germany, Japan, and Sweden. Brazil has oscillated around a steady value. France, Italy, Mexico, and Norway have shown marked declines. China and the US have increased steadily. Australia grew to moderate levels before dropping.  India sank before rising again.  The UK and Poland stayed at very low levels before rising.  Bulgaria had an increase of fits-and-starts. .svg‎ alt text

Haven’t the global elites been busy increasing their share of economic output, especially the top 1% who have used globalization masterfully without actually much benefit to the other levels, at least in the developed countries. In the developing world, while the elites have become billionaires, at least large numbers of people have been lifted out of poverty, at least until climate change really kicks in.

Footnote: The Gini Index or Co-efficient of Inequality is explained well

at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gini_coefficient

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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