The Haves and the Have-nots

The Haves and the Have-nots

A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality

eBook - 2011
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One of the world's leading experts on wealth, poverty, and the gap that separates them, explains how wealth is unevenly spread throughout our world, now and through time. Economist Branko Milanovic uses history, literature and stories straight out of today's newspapers, to discuss one of the major divisions in our social lives: between the haves and the have-nots. He reveals just how rich Elizabeth Bennet's suitor Mr. Darcy really was; how much Anna Karenina gained by falling in love; how wealthy ancient Romans compare to today's super-rich; where in Kenyan income distribution was Obama's grandfather; how we should think about Marxism in a modern world; and how location where one is born determines his wealth. He goes beyond mere entertainment to explain why inequality matters, how it damages our economic prospects, and how it can threaten the foundations of the social order that we take for granted.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780465022304
0465022308
9780465019748
0465019749
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 258 pages) : illustrations, maps
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jul 04, 2019

Rather than railing against the injustices of inequality as for instance Stiglitz does, Milanovic quietly dissects the causes and implications, with some surprising results. For instance the poorest Americans are still in the top 10% of world income distribution, and China is still a remarkably poor country in spite of all the progress that has been made in the last 40 years.

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