Are you rich or poor compared to others?

THE ECO / GAME SCAN – Between the perception of one’s own situation and reality, there is often a real difference. With the OECD, Le Figaro invites you to test your assessment of inequalities in France.

On the occasion of the publication of the major report on inequalities in the world, which have never been so strong since the history of statistics from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Le Figaro offers you a game, which allows you to see which step of the social ladder you are on, in relation to others. And assess your perception of inequalities.

Enter your age group, your NET income (all your income: gross salaries, third-party self-employment income, capital income, plus transfers received, minus taxes and social contributions paid), the number of people in your household, and from there, you will be tested on your perception of inequalities in France. The answers will be given at the end of the test: you will then see the difference between what you think and reality. For our Internet users who live abroad, the tool allows the same comparisons in the 34 OECD countries, mostly developed countries.

A point on the used for the comparison of incomes in France:

• The income taken into account here is net income: it is all household income after tax. It is the income that people have available to buy goods and services, so it is a better indicator of material standard of living than pre-tax income or wages alone.

Household income has been adjusted according to its size so that all households are comparable. The needs of a household increase with each additional member, but – due to economies of scale in consumption – not proportionately. The needs in terms of living space or electricity, for example, will not be four times greater in a household of four people than for a single person. The scale used in the OECD Income Distribution Database divides household income by the square root of its size. This means, for example, that the needs of a four-person household are twice that of a single person.

• To estimate the poverty : the income necessary to be considered as non-poor corresponds to half of the median income of households of the same size as the person answering the questionnaire. Median income is that which divides the distribution of income into two equal groups: half being above that income, and the other half below.

• To compare with others: the population has been divided into three broad categories: lower income, middle income and higher income. In the lower income, there are all those whose income is less than 50% of the median income (i.e. those considered poor in our case). The middle income, they are those whose income is between 50 and 150% of the median income, which corresponds to three cases: from 50 to 80% of the median income, from 80 to 110% of the median income and from 110 to 150% of the income median. In the higher income, income exceeds 150% of median income, which corresponds to the top three groups: 150 to 200% of median income, 200 to 250% of median income, and above 250% of median income. In the end, there are 7 subcategories.

To consult the databases used, that is.