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World Data: Launching the Global Consumption and Income Project

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Published on Jun 14, 2016

Speakers according to sequence of appearance:
Donald Robotham (CUNY Advanced Research Collaborative) on CUNY ARC - 00:00
Sanjay Reddy (The New School) Introducing GCIP - 14:45
Arjun Jayadev (UMass Boston) & Rahul Lahoti (University of Goettingen) Introducing GCIP Website - 1:14:00
Sudhir Anand (University of Oxford) Comment on GCIP - 1:39:10
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (The New School) Comment on GCIP - 2:02:35
Dawn Holland (UN Dept of Economic and Social Affairs) Comment on GCIP - 2:14:31
Branko Milanovic (LIS Center, CUNY Graduate Center) Comment on GCIP - 2:24:05
Salvatore Morelli (University of Naples and Univ. of Oxford) Comment on GCIP - 2:37:05
Q&A - 2:56:35

The Global Consumption and Income Project aims to create an unprecedented portrait of command over material resources (consumption and income) of persons within and across countries, around the world, and over time. It provides a resource for scholars, public policy analysts, activists, journalists and the general public. See gcip.info .

GCIP data can be used for analyses of population living standards, poverty, inequality, and inclusivity of growth and development in individual countries, regions and the world as a whole. The project aims to construct data that is open, transparent and flexible, to provide a global public good useful for discussions and analyses of wide interest.

The data-sets at the core of the project that currently present estimates of monthly real consumption and income of various portions (or quantiles) of the population (a ‘consumption/income profile’) in comparable units for the vast majority of countries in the world (more than 160) for every year for more than half a century (1960-2015) by drawing on household survey data integrated with other information. It is more extensive in coverage than any comparable data resource for the world. The project had its worldwide launch on April 15th, 2016, at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) through its Advanced Research Collaborative, for which inequality is a major topic of interest. Leading scholars and institutional figures in the field participated.

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