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Basil

Excellent points. Another chart making people believe what you want them to believe.

Bert

"The $6,700 is the maximum income of the bottom chunk of Americans; it cannot be compared to the $1 a day, [...] this amount is the average income of the bottom 25% of Indians. One can't compare an average to a maximum [...]"

The $1 per day is generally used as "less than $1 per day" so $1 is in fact the maximum. This metric is often used by as single, universal proxy of poverty; in any developing country, $1/day is not a lot.

In addition to your comments, why does the graph use "ventiles" instead of centiles or else? Some of the rich in developing countries are way ahead of the American middle-class.

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