We build an interactive visualisation demonstrating the changing distribution of global wealth since 1995. Our PPP-adjusted data on wealth comes from the World Inequality Database (WID).
Below you can see the global wealth distribution in 2020. Wealth represents the total value of the assets hold by a household such as its savings, bonds and houses, minus its debts. Taller blocks correspond to higher wealth. Countries with larger populations are assigned wider blocks. Colours correspond to how rich the country was in 1995, with poorer countries shaded red and richer countries shaded green. Countries are ordered according to their national income per capita in each year, while holding colours fixed from the 1995 ordering. Therefore, with these figures we can see wealth inequality within and across countries over time as well as changes in national per capita income. Click on the picture to zoom into the global wealth distribution.
These visualisations were created for The CORE Project. CORE is an open-access, interactive ebook-based course for anyone interested in learning about the economy and economics.
You can also explore similar interactive visualisations of global income inequality and global carbon footprint inequality in our companion websites: CORE Skyscraper 1: Exploring global income inequality and CORE Skyscraper 3: Exploring global carbon footprint inequality.
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Get in touch with Tzvetan Moev using email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
This website is an updated version of Jack Blundell’s Globalinc. We have mostly used his coding for this project, so we owe him a massive thanks. This could not have been possible without his efforts.
For more information on how WID collects data on wealth and income, please refer to this report. If you are interested in exploring what assets are included in wealth, search for variable ahweal in this variable table on WID’s website.
Visualisations created using amCharts.
Bob Sutcliffe designed the use of skyscraper diagrams for representing global inequality. A first version was published in: Sutcliffe, Robert B. 2001. 100 Ways of Seeing an Unequal World. London: Zed Books.