LAC Equity Lab: Shared Prosperity - Income Growth of the Bottom 40

The main indicator used to measure Shared Prosperity (one of the Twin Goals of the World Bank Group) is the growth in the real per capita income of the bottom 40 percent of the income distribution. This captures the concept of shared prosperity more than other measures of welfare, such as per capita GDP growth, since it takes into account how much the poorest people are benefiting from economic growth. The dashboard shows the annualized growth rate of income for the poorest 40 percent of the income distribution as well as for the overall population, over different periods of time.

Growth Bottom 40: The indicator to monitor shared prosperity is the growth in real per capita income (or consumption) of the bottom 40 percent of the income (or consumption) distribution in a country.

Shared Prosperity Convergence Index (SPCI): The SPCI measures the gap between Sen’s Welfare Index (GDP per capita adjusted by income inequality) for any given country with respect to the average Sen's index of the top ten global performers. The SPCI proposed is based on the Sen’s Welfare Index (Sen 1976), which is calculated as the mean income (y) times one minus the Gini coefficient (G), that is, SPCI=y(G-1). The benchmark for Sen’s Welfare Index is 23,535 (equity-adjusted per capita GDP per year, PPP 2005), derived from the population-weighted average of Sen’s Welfare Index of the top ten countries in 2000 (Luxembourg, Qatar, Norway, Denmark, United States, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Canada and Singapore).

Source: Poverty and Labor Brief: Shifting Gears to Accelerate Shared Prosperity in Latin America and the Caribbean. The World Bank 2013.

The SEDLAC (CEDLAS and WB) harmonization is an effort to increase cross-country comparability. However, methodological changes in the underlying surveys may result in non-comparable data that the harmonization process cannot fully solve. It is important that the user know what data is and is not comparable. For more information, visit the comparability dashboard.