Haves and the Have-Nots A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality

ISBN-10: 0465019749
ISBN-13: 9780465019748
Edition: 2010
Authors: Branko Milanovic
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Description: Inequality is a surprisingly slippery issue. It involves not just straightforward comparisons of individuals, but also comparisons of price and consumption differences around the world--and over time. InThe Haves and the Have-Nots, Branko Milanovic,  More...

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List price: $35.50
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Inequality is a surprisingly slippery issue. It involves not just straightforward comparisons of individuals, but also comparisons of price and consumption differences around the world--and over time. InThe Haves and the Have-Nots, Branko Milanovic, the lead economist at the World Bank's research division, approaches the issue in a new and innovative way: through stories. Milanovic reveals just how rich Elizabeth Bennet's suitor Mr. Darcy really was; how wealthy ancient Romans compare to today's super-rich (for example, Nero vs. Paris Hilton); who the richest people are today; how we should think about Marxism in a modern world; and how location factors into wealth. This bold and entertaining book teaches us not only how to think about inequality, but also why it matters and--most importantly--what we can do about it.

Preface
Unequal People: Inequality Among Individuals Within a Nation
Romance and Riches
Anna Vronskaya?
Who Was the Richest Person Ever?
How Unequal Was the Roman Empire?
Was Socialism Egalitarian?
In What Parisian Arrondissement Should You Live in the Thirteenth Century and Today?
Who Gains from Fiscal Redistribution?
Can Several Countries Exist in One?
Will China Survive in 2048?
Two Students of Inequality: Vilfredo Pareto and Simon Kuznets
Unequal Nations: Inequality Among Countries in the World
Why Was Marx Led Astray?
How Unequal Is Today's World?
How Much of Your Income Is Determined at Birth?
Should the Whole World Be Composed of Gated Communities?
Who Are the Harrage?
The Three Generations of Obamas
Did the World Become More Unequal During Deglobalization?
Unequal World: Inequality Among Citizens in the World
Where in the Global Income Distribution Are You?
Does the World Have a Middle Class?
How Different Are the United States and the European Union?
Why Are Asia and Latin America Mirror Images of Each Other?
Do You Want to Know the Winner Before the Game Begins?
Income Inequality and the Global Financial Crisis
Did Colonizers Exploit as Much as They Could?
Why Was Rawls Indifferent to Global Inequality?
Geopolitics in Light of (or Enlightened by) Economics
Notes
Further Readings
Index

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