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Pankesh Bamotra

While this chart looks much more clean and minimal. I personally find two limitations: -
1. Since you used your own metric (let me call it x-factor) the absolute numbers are now gone. I understand that the intention is to convey rich gets richer but there should be a way to also show absolute numbers.
2. For Korea, the two strokes are too close. Same thing for Spain. Especially, for Spain the chart doesn't even convey that the rich got richer even though it was marginal!


PB: Thanks for the comment. There are no absolute numbers in the original chart. Everything is indexed to an unwritten national average; it is not necessary to print four numbers to convey two differences. The strokes for Korea and Spain are close because the inequality has not materially changed over time. The original chart is misleading because "rich getting richer" has a time component. So, based on my new chart, I would conclude that the rich did NOT get richer in Korea or Spain.

Antonio Rinaldi

Some comments in random order.
1) In the original chart, 10px (or 10%) on the left of unity are not the same of 10px (or 10%) on the right. In other words, the scale should be logarithmic. Should it be even in your chart? I think.
2) Inequality? If the poorest ones remain more or less at the same level relative to average (as it seems from the chart), and the richer ones get richer, I see an increase of wealth before an increase of inequality.
3) The link to the original link is missing (at any rate I haven't seen it). What is the definition of region? or area, as you write? Without such fundamental notion, all the numbers are meaningless. This is because the richest 1M people region is (very) pro-capita richer than the richest 10M people region! Comparison should be made by taking, for example, 10% people poorest region and 10% people richest region for each country (or 10% GDP area, if you want, and if you can).

Richard Butler Creagh

Very informative, I enjoyed reading it. Thank you so much for sharing!


The design you have is intended to draw attention to a difference between years, but the left to right progression shows countries. Why not a line chart, of the style you often call a bumps chart? Then the most salient left to right movement would be years, and the straight lines would be labelled with country.

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