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Professor Milanovic accomplishes this task by introducing the reader to several tools that professional economists use to describe and quantify inequality; "Kuznets' Hypothesis," the "Gini coefficient," and "Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) dollars," to name a few. The book is, on the whole, very engaging and easy to grasp. Each of the three chapters begins with an essay which is followed by several vignettes, or short stories, that give concrete examples of ideas outlined in the essay. There are more than a few spots in this book where Milanovic does a great job of dispelling some widely held myths.Read more ›
The author is an economist and an academic. He does not appear, however, to be a great humanist. But he knows his history, pointing out that gaps in earnings primarily occur when "people move from agriculture into industry." He points out that folks around the world were relatively equal prior to the industrial revolution in England, and that most folks in most nations at that time were barely at a subsistence level.
Oh, sure, there were rich Kings and Nobles and such along the way, but they were nothing compared to the wealthy industrialists that were to emerge with industrialization. And as far as regions of the world, it is in the first half of the 18th century that Western Europe and North America really begin to separate from the rest of the world in terms of wealth. Prior to that, the comparative wealth of countries in the world was far more even.
In this line of thinking, the author feels that this is the factor that really defeated Karl Marx and his theories: Instead of the differences in inequality between classes around the world leading to change, it was the differences developed between countries and/or regions of the world that would lead to inequalities. But "Workers of the World, Unite," became more and more irrelevant under this scenario.Read more ›
I'm not sold on the vignette approach - though it did help in navigating complex ideas. I was also disappointed that the role of natural capital and environmental sustainability did not figure in discussions of poverty and inequality. I also found the end, or the final vignette about the first and third worlds, not really a great close to an engaging read.
I totally recommend this book, however. Easily the best on the topic I have read. Beautifully written, and I feel I have learned more about this important topic than I have with any other book or media.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Milanovic has a book coming out, another one on inequality.
But he was writing about inequality before Piketty made it cool. Read more
SORT OF A DOWNER IN THE FACE OF 2008 AND THE SAD SACKS OF ECON boys THAT REPORT THE slow GROWTH, HECK I THIS BUSH baby PUT USA IN THE ECON CRAPPER , AND THANK GOD... Read morePublished 9 months ago by jerzil
Came in time, kind of upset that we didn't really use this book in class though.Published 14 months ago by Murshida Ruma
An eye opener for someone like me who has not read much economics. Very well written.Published 16 months ago by James Nyman
A great book with very interesting insights in how inequality works within and between countries. A must read for those interested in social issues and want to learn about it from... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Taran
The dangers of inequality writ large. A very readable, informative, practical book.Published 17 months ago by Idphotodoc
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