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Income Distribution, US & Japan, 1990

By 1990, this effect in Japan is becoming more pronounced, but in the US, the poorer income group was not merging into the larger bell curve, but becoming more numerous and developing a separate bell curve of their own, with barely a third the income. The mode, the most common income, found at the tip of the curve, is maybe $8000/year, or $20 per day, versus over $20,000/year at the second mode of the distribution.

© Roy Brander, P.Eng 2008