Data

Income share of the richest 1%

Before tax
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What you should know about this indicator

  • Income is ‘pre-tax’ — measured before taxes have been paid and most government benefits have been received. It is, however, measured after the operation of pension schemes, both private and public.
  • The data is estimated from a combination of household surveys, tax records and national accounts data. This combination can provide a more accurate picture of the incomes of the richest, which tend to be captured poorly in household survey data alone.
  • These underlying data sources are not always available. For some countries, observations are extrapolated from data relating to other years, or are sometimes modeled based on data observed in other countries. For more information on this methodology, see this related technical note.
Income share of the richest 1% Before tax
The share of income received by the richest 1%.
Source
World Inequality Database (WID.world) (2024) – with major processing by Our World in Data
Last updated
May 24, 2024
Next expected update
May 2025
Date range
1820–2022
Unit
%

Sources and processing

This data is based on the following sources

The World Inequality Database (WID.world) aims to provide open and convenient access to the most extensive available database on the historical evolution of the world distribution of income and wealth, both within countries and between countries.

Retrieved on
May 24, 2024
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World Inequality Database (WID), https://wid.world

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Notes on our processing step for this indicator

We extract estimations of Gini, mean, percentile thresholds, averages, and shares via the wid Stata command. We calculate threshold and share ratios by dividing different thresholds and shares, respectively.

Interpolations and extrapolations are excluded by using the option exclude in the Stata command.

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“Data Page: Income share of the richest 1%”, part of the following publication: Joe Hasell, Pablo Arriagada, Esteban Ortiz-Ospina and Max Roser (2023) - “Economic Inequality”. Data adapted from World Inequality Database (WID.world). Retrieved from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/income-share-top-1-before-tax-wid [online resource]
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World Inequality Database (WID.world) (2024) – with major processing by Our World in Data

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World Inequality Database (WID.world) (2024) – with major processing by Our World in Data. “Income share of the richest 1% – Before tax” [dataset]. World Inequality Database (WID.world), “World Inequality Database (WID)” [original data]. Retrieved June 12, 2024 from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/income-share-top-1-before-tax-wid