World Data! Introducing the Global Consumption and Income Project

On April 15th, 2016, we will  hold an open public event in New York to launch the Global Consumption and Income Project, making the unprecedented data on material living standards that we have collected for the first time freely available to all users.  The datasets we have constructed describe the levels of income and consumption of the populations … More World Data! Introducing the Global Consumption and Income Project

The global ‘middle class’: don’t believe the hype!

There has been a lot of crowing in recent years about the so-called global middle class. Does such a thing really exist? If so, how many people belong to it and where do they live? My colleagues and I, in the Global Consumption and Income Project, attempt in our most recent paper  to distinguish different concepts of the … More The global ‘middle class’: don’t believe the hype!