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Haves and the Have-Nots

A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality

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The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality by Branko Milanovic
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Who is the richest person in the world, ever? Does where you were born affect how much money youll 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 worlds 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 todays 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 Bennets suitor Mr. Darcy really was; how much Anna Karenina gained by falling in love; how wealthy ancient Romans compare to todays super-rich; where in Kenyan income distribution was Obamas 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.

Author Biography

Branko Milanovic, lead economist at the World Bank's research division in Washington, DC, and professor at University of Maryland, is author of Worlds Apart. He lives in Washington, DC.
Release date Australia
January 20th, 2011
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
black & white line drawings, black & white tables, maps, figures
Imprint
Basic Books
Pages
272
Dimensions
140x210x30
ISBN-13
9780465019748
Product ID
4084554

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