9780465019748

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

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    9780465019748

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    0465019749

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 12/28/2010
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
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Summary

Who is the richest person in the world, ever? Does where you were born affect how much money yours"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 worldrs"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 todayrs"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 Bennetrs"s suitor Mr. Darcy really was; how much Anna Karenina gained by falling in love; how wealthy ancient Romans compare to todayrs"s super-rich; where in Kenyan income distribution was Obamars"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.

Author Biography

Branko Milanovic is one of the world’s leading experts on inequality. He is lead economist at the World Bank’s research division in Washington, DC, and author of Worlds Apart. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Unequal People: Inequality Among Individuals Within a Nationp. 3
Romance and Richesp. 33
Anna Vronskaya?p. 37
Who Was the Richest Person Ever?p. 41
How Unequal Was the Roman Empire?p. 46
Was Socialism Egalitarian?p. 53
In What Parisian Arrondissement Should You Live in the Thirteenth Century and Today?p. 61
Who Gains from Fiscal Redistribution?p. 68
Can Several Countries Exist in One?p. 74
Will China Survive in 2048?p. 78
Two Students of Inequality: Vilfredo Pareto and Simon Kuznetsp. 83
Unequal Nations: Inequality Among Countries in the Worldp. 95
Why Was Marx Led Astray?p. 109
How Unequal Is Today's World?p. 115
How Much of Your Income Is Determined at Birth?p. 120
Should the Whole World Be Composed of Gated Communities?p. 124
Who Are the Harrage?p. 130
The Three Generations of Obamasp. 135
Did the World Become More Unequal During Deglobalization?p. 141
Unequal World: Inequality Among Citizens in the Worldp. 149
Where in the Global Income Distribution Are You?p. 165
Does the World Have a Middle Class?p. 171
How Different Are the United States and the European Union?p. 176
Why Are Asia and Latin America Mirror Images of Each Other?p. 182
Do You Want to Know the Winner Before the Game Begins?p. 187
Income Inequality and the Global Financial Crisisp. 193
Did Colonizers Exploit as Much as They Could?p. 198
Why Was Rawls Indifferent to Global Inequality?p. 203
Geopolitics in Light of (or Enlightened by) Economicsp. 208
Notesp. 217
Further Readingsp. 235
Indexp. 247
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