Monday, February 24, 2014

Winter Olympics afterthought

The above chart ... looks at the average GINI coefficient per medal won. GINI is a measure of income distribution—the closer the number is to zero, the more equal the country is, and vice versa. What we see here is essentially the opposite of the per-capita G.D.P. rankings. Poorer countries may do better at figure skating and short-track skating, but they’re also more unequal places. Meanwhile, the most equal countries in the world are Scandinavian, and events they excel at, such as ski jumping and Nordic combined, have the lowest GINIs.

The New Yorker

I might have guessed that my smart ski-jumping friend out of working class Vermont was onto something.

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