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Rebottling the Gini: why this headline measure of inequality misses everything that matters

Capitalism is killing less fortunate citizens. We will never understand how if we continue to reduce discussion about the economic gap to a single—and flawed—statistic

Corrado Gini (pictured) was a creative and wide-ranging sociologist, demographer and statisti- cian—but not the sort of human being who is remem- bered fondly. Photo: Prospect composite

Concern about inequality is growing—at least among those who don’t count themselves as economists. It has been cited as a reason for Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, while it has also played a central part in the political campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in the US as well as the Labour Party in the UK. Many economists, especially on the…

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