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Global Consumption and Income Project

Collecting, comparing and analyzing income and consumption data for the world.


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The Economist Magazine features an article based on data from GCIP.

Indian Financial Daily Mint features an article on poverty and inequality using GCIP data.

On 15 April 2016, the Global Consumption and Income Project was launched in New York, making the data on material living standards that we have collected freely available to all users.

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Our aim is to create a comprehensive and up-to-date resource on the evolution of material well-being of people in every country across the world for researchers and the general public to explore and use Read more

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Chinese estimated income inequality has grown from below India's estimated income inequality in 1980 to higher than Brazil's estimated income inequality in 2010.

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Presentations, videos and podcasts
The Global Consumption and Income Project: An Introduction
The World Today, Emerging Countries and India: A view from the Global Consumption and Income Project

In the media

The Economist
30 Apr 2016
Household income inequality: ladders to climb

In 1980 living standards in China were the lowest among the G20 countries. Since then, median income in China has grown at an average pace of nearly 12% a year: twice the rate of a fast-growing economy like South Korea and three times faster than India. As a result, China’s middle class is richer today than Brazil’s, according to data from the Global Consumption and Income Project, which compares disposable incomes across countries.

Live Mint
20 Apr 2016
Nearly half of Indians survived on less than Rs 38 a day in 2011-12

A new database, Global Consumption and Income Project (GCIP), suggests that the official figures might be understating the extent of poverty. Even if one adopts a slightly more charitable poverty line of around Rs.38 per day for 2011-12 (i.e. $2.5 per day in purchasing power parity terms), the poverty rate would be 47%, more than double the official statistics

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