The Taub Center’s Google motion charts allow the user to examine the development of socioeconomic variables over time just by clicking Play. The X and Y axes in each figure can be changed (click on either axis and a dropdown menu will appear), allowing the relationship between different variables to be examined from various perspectives. Additionally, one can highlight different variables presented by checking them off on the menu on the right-hand side of the figure.
Poverty Rates and Inequality
This graph shows different variables related to poverty and inequality in Israel and other developed countries. The variables are: poverty rates for individuals (poverty_individuals), family poverty rates (poverty_fam), depth of poverty (poverty_depth), and the Gini index of inequality (gini). All variables are in disposable income (that is, income after accounting for the effects of taxes and transfer allowances from the state).
This comparative analysis of poverty rates shows that Israel’s poverty rate is high relative to the majority of developed countries, both in individual and family terms. Over time, the poverty rate has risen in Israel although in the past few years, a certain measure of moderation can be seen. Income inequality between families in Israel (according to the Gini index represented by the color of the circles in the figure – see the key on the upper right-hand side) is among the highest in the developed world, and also shows a long-term upward trend. Also in terms of depth of poverty, which measures the distance between the average income of poor families and the poverty line (adjusted per standard person), Israel appears to be worsening. In the beginning of the 1990s, the depth of poverty was lower in Israel than in most of the developed countries – that is, the condition of poor families was relatively less severe – and at the end of the last decade, it has increased in Israel, bringing it closer to the OECD average.