NewsThe Science of Inequality

A world of difference

Science  23 May 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6186, pp. 820-821
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6186.820

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Data show why inequality is a hot topic around the world. In the United States, the top 20% of earners take home a whopping 51% of income, and the share of income going to the top 1% has ballooned in the past 30 years, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the World Top Incomes Database. Yet U.S. incomes are more equal than those of many countries, such as South Africa and Brazil, while Norway and Sweden are bastions of equality, as shown by data prepared especially for Science by researchers at the Luxembourg Income Study Center.