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The Measurement and Assessment of Inequalities on a World Scale

This research project continues the work of the University of Texas Inequality Project, developing new data and research in several technical areas.

The University of Texas Inequality Project is a research group concerned with measuring and explaining movements of inequality in wages, earnings, and incomes around the world. The main technical projects covered by this research are: (1) updates of the core global inequality data-sets from 2008 through 2010 or 2011, depending on when source data become available; (2) comparative assessments of the quality of inequality indicators, drawing on the entire published literature for a wide variety of countries; (3) GIS mapping of changing inequalities using global and national data, with sector-region measurements embedded in the maps; (4) detailed national studies for particular countries, including notably China, Korea, Mexico and Argentina; and (5) an assessment of the Piketty thesis that rising inequality is related to r>g. Finally, this project will begin the development of teaching-friendly materials in this area for course adoption. To get the latest updates on this project, please visit the website of the University of Texas Inequality Project.