The Haves and the Have-Nots by Branko Milanovic
A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality

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Who is the richest person in the world, ever? Does where you were born affect how much money you’ll 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 world’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 today’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 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.  Bold, engaging, and illuminating, The Haves and the Have-Nots teaches us not only how to think about inequality, but why we should.
 

About Branko Milanovic

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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.
 
Published December 28, 2010 by Basic Books. 274 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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But while Milanovic demonstrates that inequality between countries is unquestionably toxic, he is less persuasive about the effects of inequality within countries.

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Even more discouraging, “the most important challenge in this century will be to have economic progress in Africa.” Still, he knows what sells books, so there’s very little attention to the serious stuff.Also underlying the fun facts is a prodigious amount of research: everything from demographic...

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Milanovic patiently tutors the reader in basic concepts necessary to understand why globalization has not led to a convergence of incomes, as classical economics had predicted, but in fact has increased the inequality between countries even as deregulation and free-market policies have widened th...

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In The Haves and the Have-Nots, Branko Milanovic, one of the world’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 his...

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The authors of Freakanomics did it, and so too has Branko Milanovic , the author of The Haves and the Have Nots (Basic Books 2011) out in paperback today.

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