Want to find your place in the world income distribution? Enter your annual income at globalrichlist.com to learn your percentile.
Of course, it’s not a perfect exercise. Their numbers are from Branko Milanovic’s 2000 World Bank working paper (later published in the Economic Journal in 2002). The distribution is for 1988 or 1993. Lots of work has been done on this topic since 2000 (notably by Milanovic himself). For example, Xavier Sala-i-Mation’s 2006 QJE paper on income inequality has a cumulative distribution function for world income in 2000.
Nonetheless, it’s a good exercise to help people think about the global economy and poverty.
Hat tip to Sabrina.