Nobel Prize Inequality
The chart above shows that almost 96% of all Nobel prizes (934 out of 974) have been awarded to recipients in the 31 countries that have received the most Nobel prizes over the last 109 years, i.e. the top 50% (data here). The share of Nobel prizes given to the top 5%, 10%, and 25% are also displayed above, and reflect a very unequal distribution of awards.
The unequal distribution of the Nobel prizes among the 63 countries represented by recipients is much greater than the inequality of income among American taxpayers in the United States in 2006 (most recent year available), based on the shares of total income earned by the top 5%, 10%, 25%, and 50% (see chart above, IRS data here).
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