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

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

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by Branko Milanovic
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0465019749

ISBN-13: 9780465019748

Pub. Date: 12/28/2010

Publisher: Basic Books

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. In The Haves and the Have-Nots, Branko Milanovic, the lead economist at the World Bank’s research division, approaches the issue in a new and

Overview

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. In The 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465019748
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 11.34(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Essay I: Unequal People: Inequality Among Individuals Within a Nation 3

Vignette 1.1 Romance and Riches 33

Vignette 1.2 Anna Vronskaya? 37

Vignette 1.3 Who Was the Richest Person Ever? 41

Vignette 1.4 How Unequal Was the Roman Empire? 46

Vignette 1.5 Was Socialism Egalitarian? 53

Vignette 1.6 In What Parisian Arrondissement Should You Live in the Thirteenth Century and Today? 61

Vignette 1.7 Who Gains from Fiscal Redistribution? 68

Vignette 1.8 Can Several Countries Exist in One? 74

Vignette 1.9 Will China Survive in 2048? 78

Vignette 1.10 Two Students of Inequality: Vilfredo Pareto and Simon Kuznets 83

Chapter 2 Essay II: Unequal Nations: Inequality Among Countries in the World 95

Vignette 2.1 Why Was Marx Led Astray? 109

Vignette 2.2 How Unequal Is Today's World? 115

Vignette 2.3 How Much of Your Income is Determined at Birth? 120

Vignette 2.4 Should the Whole World Be Composed of Gated Communities? 124

Vignette 2.5 Who Are the Harrage? 130

Vignette 2.6 The Three Generations of Obamas 135

Vignette 2.7 Did the World Become More Unequal During Deglobalization? 141

Chapter 3 Essays III: Unequal World Inequality Among Citizens in the World 149

Vignette 3.1 Where in the Global Income Distribution Are You? 165

Vignette 3.2 Does the World Have a Middle Class? 171

Vignette 3.3 How Different Are the United States and the European Union? 176

Vignette 3.4 Why Are Asia and Latin America Mirror Images of Each Other? 182

Vignette 3.5 Do You Want to Know the Winner Before the Game Begins? 187

Vignette 3.6 Income Inequality and the Global Financial Crisis 193

Vignette 3.7 Did Colonizers Exploit as Much as They Could? 198

Vignette 3.8 Why Was Rawls Indifferent to Global Inequality? 203

Vignette 3.9 Geopolitics in Light of (or Enlightened by) Economics 208

Notes 217

Further Readings 235

Index 247

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