Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Damaging Effects of Global Inequality

World Bank economist Branko Milanović has a great introduction to global inequality in his The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality. He 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. 

Milanovic 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.

The book, by the lead economist with the World Bank’s research division and one of the world’s leading experts on inequality, was discussed in a three part series in Think Progress:

Part 1:  Inequality: The Global View
Part 2Five Things You Might Not Know About Inequality
Part 3Why Rich People Hate Talking About Inequality

See also Finance & Development magazine on inequality.
         Branko Milanovic's article: More or Less
                                 podcast interview on inequality  
          IMF research: Andy Berg and Jonathan Ostry

Inequality may be hazardous to your growth
How inequality affects savings behavior

Branko Milanović talking about inequality research:

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