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The Global Consumption and Income Project: An Introduction and Preliminary Findings

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  • Reddy Sanjay
  • Lahoti Rahul
  • Jayadev Arjun

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We introduce two separate datasets—the Global Consumption Dataset and the Global Income Dataset—containing an unprecedented portrait of consumption and income of persons over time, within and across countries, around the world. The benchmark version of the dataset presents estimates in purchasing power parity units of monthly real consumption and income for every decile of the population (a ‘consumption/income profile’) for 133 countries and more than half a century (1960–2012). We describe the construction of the datasets and demonstrate some possible uses by presenting preliminary results concerning the consumption distribution, poverty, and inequality for the world and specific country aggregates.

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  • Reddy Sanjay & Lahoti Rahul & Jayadev Arjun, 2015. "The Global Consumption and Income Project: An Introduction and Preliminary Findings," WIDER Working Paper Series 003, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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    1. Florian Dorn, 2016. "On Data and Trends in Income Inequality around the World," ifo DICE Report, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 14(4), pages 54-64, December.

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