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  1. News - Asia - SOCIETY

    Beijing to release own Gini inequality index

    Posted Jan 20th 2013, 08:45pm by AFP

    ... to announce such a plan. The official Xinhua news agency, citing a spokesman for the National Bureau of Statistics Beijing survey branch, said the city would release a Gini coefficient for last year. ... to avoid public discontent that could lead to social unrest in the country of 1.3 billion. China on Friday released a decade’s-worth of Gini coefficients for the country as a whole after keeping ...

  2. Failure to publish Gini figure hides Swazi level of inequality

    Posted Jan 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland According to reports out last week, Beijing's statisticians have failed to publish a figure for China's Gini co-efficient for the 11th year running. If you are not familiar with it, the Gini co-efficient is considered the standard measure of income inequality. The formula for calculating it is truly frightening, with lots of brackets, Greek and Roman letters, ...

  3. Hong Kong's wealth gap is biggest in Asia

    Posted Oct 25th 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... report has found. The report showed that Hong Kong had a relatively high Gini coefficient of 0.53 in 2006. In contrast, Beijing's Gini coefficient was 0.22, making it the most equal city in the region and the world. The Gini coefficient is a widely used indicator of income inequality. The lower the measurement, the more equal the wealth distribution. A measurement of zero would indicate ...

  4. News - China

    Chinese economist questions GDP growth

    Posted Jan 18th 2013, 02:28pm by Amy Li

    ... Gini coefficient, an index reflecting the wealth gap. The Chinese government said the figure has been declining since hitting 0.491 in 2008, dropping to 0.474 in 2012, according to a report by the Xinhua state news agency  on Friday. “Speaking of our Gini coefficient, even in fairy tales they wouldn’t dare to write like that,” Xu said. “Haven’t we always lived in a fairy tale?” commented ...

  5. News - China - ECONOMY

    Wealth gap puts China among world's most unequal nations, survey reveals

    Posted Dec 11th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... nations, a survey has revealed. China's Gini coefficient, a commonly used measure of inequality, was 0.61 in 2010, the Survey and Research Centre for China Household Finance said, well above ... to social unrest. In a sign of the sensitivity surrounding the issue, the government has not released an official Gini coefficient for the country as a whole for more than a decade, since it put ...

  6. Hard to measure disparities in household incomes, says Tang

    Posted Feb 08th 2006, 12:00am by Lauren Crothers

    ... growing levels of inequality in Hong Kong. Mr Tang said that because of the reliance on a census in order to calculate the Gini Coefficient, it was difficult to estimate trends for the forthcoming five years. The Gini Coefficient measures the disparity in household incomes. It is compiled based from data obtained from the population census which are conducted at five-year intervals.?Past ...

  7. It's well past time to put the Gini back where it belongs

    Posted Apr 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the fastest-widening wealth gap in Asia. Wealth gaps are usually measured using the Gini co-efficient. This gauges a country's inequality of income on a scale of zero to 100. A score of zero would ... getting nothing. Any level above 40 is usually considered iniquitous. The trouble with Gini co-efficients is that they are notoriously tricky to calculate, not least because people generally, ...

  8. Tsang let the Gini out of the bottle

    Posted Jun 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... figures provided by the government. The city's Gini coefficient- a scale from 0 to 1 that measures income inequality- is now the highest in the developed world. It has reached 0.537 based ...

  9. News - China - WEALTH GAP

    China wealth gap continues to widen, survey finds

    Posted Dec 10th 2012, 11:22am by Ernest Kao

    ... The survey, released on Sunday, reported a rise in China’s Gini coefficient, a key yardstick of income or wealth inequality, to 0.61 in 2010, the latest year for which there is data on China. ... households and 0.60 for rural households. Measured on a scale of 0 to 1, a Gini coefficient of 0 represents perfect equality in which everyone has the same income, and 1 represents maximal inequality ...

  10. By Gini, the numbers point to plutocracy, Sir

    Posted Jun 20th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... The test is done through a mathematical tool called the Gini coefficient. It was a mystery to me until a reader last year kindly explained to me how I could set it up on a spreadsheet, which I would have done yesterday morning except that I went to the beach for a swim instead because it was such a fine day. Gini never got done. Not to worry. Census and Statistics did it for me ...




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