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

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ISBN-10: 0465031412

ISBN-13: 9780465031412

Edition: 2012

Authors: Branko Milanovic

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Who is the richest person in the world, ever? Does where you were born affect how much money you’ll earn over a lifetime? How would we know? Why—beyond the idle curiosity—do these questions even matter? InThe Haves and the Have-Nots, Branko Milanovic, one of the world’s leading experts on wealth, poverty, and the gap that separates them, explains these and other mysteries of how wealth is unevenly spread throughout our world, now and through time. 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 economics prospects, and how it can threaten the foundations of the social order that we take for granted. Bold, engaging, and illuminating,The Haves and the Have-Notsteaches us not only how to think about inequality, but why we should.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 8/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface
Essay I: 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
Essay II: 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?
Essays III: 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