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

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Basic Books, Dec 28, 2010 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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? In The 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-Nots teaches us not only how to think about inequality, but why we should.
 

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I liked this book. Short, many facts. The stuff about the EU vs US gini coefficient was interesting (coefficient about the same, but in EU much more inquality between states). Recommended. Below is a ... Read full review

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This is one of the most delightful short economics books I have read--and certainly the most delightful on the topic of inequality. The book covers three types of inequality: inequality of people ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 2
93
Chapter 3
147
Notes
217
Further Readings
235
Index
247
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Branko Milanovic is Lead Economist in the World Bank research department, working on income inequality and poverty. The author of "Income, Inequality, and Poverty during the Transition" and the coauthor of "Income and Influence: Social Policy in Emerging Market Economies," he is currently an associate scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a visiting professor at the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

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