Switzerland - GINI index

GINI index (World Bank estimate)

The value for GINI index (World Bank estimate) in Switzerland was 31.64 as of 2012. As the graph below shows, over the past 5 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 34.47 in 2007 and a minimum value of 31.64 in 2012.

Definition: Gini index measures the extent to which the distribution of income (or, in some cases, consumption expenditure) among individuals or households within an economy deviates from a perfectly equal distribution. A Lorenz curve plots the cumulative percentages of total income received against the cumulative number of recipients, starting with the poorest individual or household. The Gini index measures the area between the Lorenz curve and a hypothetical line of absolute equality, expressed as a percentage of the maximum area under the line. Thus a Gini index of 0 represents perfect equality, while an index of 100 implies perfect inequality.

Source: World Bank, Development Research Group. Data are based on primary household survey data obtained from government statistical agencies and World Bank country departments. For more information and methodology, please see PovcalNet (http://iresearch.worldbank.org/PovcalNet/index.htm).

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Year Value
2007 34.47
2008 33.96
2009 32.96
2010 32.72
2011 31.83
2012 31.64


Topic: Poverty Indicators

Sub-Topic: Income distribution