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Getting Piketty

By Spencer Campbell - Jun 05, 2014 - 11:00:00 am

Had enough of a certain French economist, yet? Too bad. Here's some gasoline to throw on the income-inequality fire started by Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

Bloomberg Rankings recently released a list of the income disparity in each congressional district. They measured inequality using the Gini Index, where one means all the wealth is held by one person and zero means wealth is distributed evenly among all residents. Here’s how North Carolina’s districts measure up.

U.S. rank         N.C. district   Representative (party)        Gini Index

70                    1                     G.K. Butterfield (Dem)           .4825

 76                    5                     Virginia Foxx (Rep)               .4809

 101                  9                     Robert Pittenger (Rep)          .4733

 114                  4                     David Price (Dem)                 .4696

 147                  10                   Patrick T. McHenry (Rep)     .4646

 166                  12                   vacant, formerly Mel Watt (Dem)    .4606

 210                   6                    Howard Coble (Rep)             .4534

 241                   7                    Mike McIntyre (Dem)             .4488

 272                   2                    Renee Ellmers (Rep)             .4441

 276                   8                    Richard Hudson (Rep)          .4436

 280                   13                  George Holding (Rep)           .4431

 289                   11                  Mark Meadows (Rep)            .4414

 357                   3                    Walter B. Jones (Rep)           .4298

 

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