# Does a drop in GDP per capita, with the population staying around the same, mean people on average are poorer?

Essentially, I'm trying to determine if there is a correlation between a drop in GDP per capita (e.g. during the 2008 financial crisis, Australia's GDP per capita dropped from USD \$49,000 to$42,000 2009) and the average income.

• You make a distinction between "GDP per capita" and "average income". But "GDP per capita" is one of many possible measures of "average income". Perhaps you could more clearly specify what you're thinking of when you say "average income"? – Kenny LJ Jun 24 at 4:45