Briefing 10 : What happened to the richest?

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Explaining the data

Here we have relied upon data produced for the World Incomes Database at the Paris School of Economics. It is all available online This data relates to 2009 as it is the most up-to-date data available. We then relate it to 1978 as this was the year in which income disparity was at its lowest. We have rounded figures to the nearest whole number for clarity, but for accuracy the top 1% took 13.9% of the national income in 2009 and 5.72% in 1978.

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