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# Gini coefficient

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The Gini coefficient is a measure of income inequality developed by the Italian statistician Corrado Gini. The Gini index equals Gini coefficient times 100 (?).

The Gini coefficient is a number between 0 and 1, where 0 means perfect equality (everyone has the same income) and 1 means perfect inequality (one person has all the income, everyone else has nothing).

While the Gini coefficient is mostly used to measure income inequality, it can be used to measure wealth inequality as well - though it requires nobody to have a negative net wealth.

The Gini coefficient is calculated using areas on the Lorenz curve diagram. If the area between the line of perfect equality and Lorenz curve is A, and the area underneath the Lorenz curve is B, the Gini coefficient is A/(A+B). This is expressed as a percentage or as the numerical equivalent of that percentage, which is always between 0 and 1.