Income distribution and disparity
As an indicator for economic growth, the economically active population in South Korea has been increasing over the past decade. Additionally, recent figures estimate net disposable income in South Korea has been growing over the past 20 years. There are still, however, disparities in wealth among South Koreans. The wealthiest ten percent of the South Korean population had an average monthly income of around 13 million South Korean won – over 10 times greater than the poorest 10 percent of the population.
How wealthy is the country?
Although the Gini coefficient is a common indicator for economic equality, a low Gini index does not necessarily correlate to overall wealth of the country. The national net worth of a country is dependent on many factors, including the country’s equity, real estate prices, liabilities, exchange rates, human resources and natural resources. In terms of overall wealth, South Korea ranked among the top 20 countries across the world as of 2019.