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The problem with comparing the UK's richest regions with the rest of the world — in one thread 🌏
Have you seen this chart comparing Britain's economy with other world economies?

It shows Britain’s richest region to have a GDP per person of 11.5x the national average – with other countries having a much smaller gap between rich and poor regions by comparison.
But comparing the regional GDP gap between rich and poor regions in different countries tells you more about how each country collects data than how unequal their regions are.
That’s because the UK has data at London borough level – while no other country in the list has sub-city economic breakdowns.
Let’s take Italy and the UK. The UK’s richest region (using GDP per person in current prices) is Camden & the City of London (12x the UK average). Italy’s is Milan (2x the Italy average).…
But comparing them means comparing the whole of Milan and its surrounding area (including all its rich and poor areas) with just the richest areas of London.
If you look at all of Greater London, GDP per person is about 1.7x the national average, lower than other countries’ richest cities like Ingolstadt (3.5x ) and Washington DC (3.2x)
And the USA doesn’t even have statistics at a city level – just at state level (with the exception of Washington DC). So, for example, we have no idea how rich New York City (let alone Manhattan) is.
The graph correctly shows that that since 2000 regional inequality has risen in the UK and other countries (though GDP per person is a measure of economic development, not how rich or poor people in those regions are).
But in summary it doesn’t really help us compare Britain’s regional equality against other countries because of how the data is collected.
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