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Income Distribution, Mexico and Brazil, 2000

This "bimodal split" as statisticians say, is deeper in the less-industrialized nations, like Mexico, shown here in green, and more populous Brazil, behind it in blue. The distribution shapes are nearly twins save that Brazil has an even larger poor group. But note that both nations have a distinct upper-income group that, at about $20,000/year, is roughly as well-off as the main mode in the US; tens of millions of people in the market for electronics, homes and cars.

© Roy Brander, P.Eng 2008