Who’s the fairest of them all? Ranking countries combining incomes and inequality

A new IMF working paper ranks countries combining data on average incomes and the extent of income inequality, and how much societies are assumed to dislike inequality (called ‘inequality aversion’). Hong Kong SAR is almost always at the top. The United States is second if societies are assumed not to care too about inequality. But it slides to number 24 if societies are assumed to dislike inequality a lot, with more equal societies like Norway, Canada, and New Zealand taking the higher ranks. (For wonks: see Appendix Table 1 of the working paper for hours of fun comparing countries.)

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