Indonesia and its neighbours, social distribution of income, ca 1991


The gap in wealth between rich and poor is an issue of major political significance in Asia. Measuring the gap is difficult, but one indication is the difference between the share of total national income enjoyed by the richest 20% of the population and the poorest 20%. This measure does not reflect ownership, overall levels of welfare or the possible concentration of wealth in a small elite within the top 20%, but it does provide a useful, broad social picture.


Map number from Cribb, Historical Atlas of Indonesia (2000)


Year span

1991 - 1991