GDP Density Map

From Econbrowser: The distribution of world income comes this map of "GDP density", calculated by multiplying GDP per capita by the number of people per square kilometer.

Posted by dustin on January 15, 2007 with category tags of

5 comments
I wonder if you could point any trends by overlaying it with a population density.
   comment by James on January 15, 2007

I've always wondered what a cost-of-living distribution would look like...
   comment by vinny on January 15, 2007

it's clear from this map that Europe and Japan have a much better distribution of wealth than the US or China
   comment by Lawrence on November 8, 2008

Lawrence: Your comment is potentially misleading. This data only shows distribution in a geographic sense, not sociologically, as in the Rich v the Poor. And it does not display wealth at all. GDP is a measure of the value of one year's production. Wealth is the value of the accumulation of capital.
So, instead of concluding that this map shows "distribution of wealth" one might better state that the map shows the "geographic concentration of production."
In that case, it is accurate to claim the US and China have a greater inequality than Japan or Europe.
   comment by Econ Teacher on December 3, 2008

yes, that's sort of what I meant but I didn't say it very well.
   comment by Lawrence on December 4, 2008

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