Keeping up with the Joneses

Volgens een artikel in The Toronto Star toont een studie aan dat we minstens op 1 manier op weg om meer op onze zuiderburen te gaan lijken. En dat is niet bepaald een compliment in dit geval.

OTTAWA—A new study says Canada is rapidly catching up to the United States as a country divided between haves and have-nots.

The Conference Board says income inequality has been rising more in Canada than in the United States since the mid-1990s, and faster than in many peer countries.

In fact, the think-tank says Canada had the fourth-largest increase in income disparity among a sample group of 17 advanced economies during the period.

Overall, income inequality rose in 10 of the countries sampled, rising fastest in Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

Canada was next. It’s Gini index, a complicated formula which measures income deviations away from a perfectly equal distribution, rose 9.2 per cent to 0.320.

By contrast, the U.S. had the highest income inequality of the group with a Gini reading of 0.378.

The Conference Board notes that Canada’s index number put it in group of countries considered to have a medium range of income inequality.

A reading above 0.4 would designate high levels of income inequality.

Overall, the Conference Board says income inequality has increased for 71 per cent of the world’s population.

 

Voor diegenen die niet vertrouwd zijn met de uitdrukking “Keeping up with the Joneses”:

Keeping up with the Joneses” is an idiom in many parts of the English-speaking world referring to the comparison to one’s neighbor as a benchmark for social caste or the accumulation of material goods. To fail to “keep up with the Joneses” is perceived as demonstrating socio-economic or cultural inferiority.
Meer uitleg nog op Wikipedia.

En ook op Wikipedia nog wat meer info over de Gini coefficient. Niet altijd in Jip-en-Jannekestaal echter…

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