Friday, September 13, 2013

Gini coefficients / inequality in social democracies in the 2000's

I wrote here about a paper examining the success of social democracies compared to other types of welfare states from the 1960's to 1990's. Unfortunately, the paper was published in 2001, and I haven't found a similar effort that is more up to date. To fill in some blanks, here are three graphs from a different post that compare income inequality of social democracies, Christian democracies, and liberal countries in the 2000's. Let's all give Wikipedia a hand for sensibly organizing the OECD's amazingly disorganized data. As you can see, the pattern still holds: social democracies (left group) limit inequality better than Christian democracies (center group), which do better than liberal countries (right group):

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