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Branko Milanovic- The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality. Alexandra Oprea Additional contact information. 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 . Based on B. Milanovic, The haves and the have-nots: A short and idiosyncratic history of global inequality, Basic Books, 1. Branko Milanovic.

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I had to look up the coefficients table on the web. But given the trillions of dollars spent on development aid, it is hard to see how things can change in Africa for the better. In his preface, Milanovic says that he is concerned that public discussion of inequality is often stifled by invoking the notion that it is the?

In the second essay, Milanovic discusses inequality among nations. Income disparity will get worse in US and globally – unfortunate yet necessary characteristic of capitalism.

Feb 02, Carolyn rated it really liked it. Some of the vignettes are so pertinent and answered so many questions for me that I’ve often had in terms of inequality; what I especially l loved about this thhe was his ability to make tthe of past wealth in terms of today’s world, at the same time, he does this for global wealth, i. So, we near the end of the branoo, where the author has this to say: Bold, engaging, and illuminating, The Haves and the Have-Nots teaches us not only how to think about inequality, but why we should.

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

This is an academic book written like it is for the lay person. Nice and complete overview of global inequality from a multitude of perspectives, set into easy anecdotes. It’s quite refreshing to read something like this that presents facts and research in a straightforward method.


The poorest ventile in the US is richer than qnd richest in India. The capital mostly flows from rich countries to other rich countries.

The monarchs were replaced by corrupt governments and dictators which were replaced naves a plutocracy of bankers and CEOs. The Price of Inequality: Milosevic, I mean Milanovic, improves significantly once he gives up his meager attempts at trying to provide any kind of serious analysis of the causes of inequality and just starts to slice and dice the data to paint a rather grim picture of this unequal world.

Though I cannot fully enjoy Professor Eva Paus’ style of teaching, I do appreciate her paying for this Just ignore the first essays of each chapters, or actually the first ish pages of the book which is too dry, too general, too milanoovicand you will get a wonderful book with thoughtful examples about the current state of inequality. The substance of the book is more brankk to understand but just as rewarding. May 14, Jason Furman rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Kuznets model says that there is an inverted U which describes income inequality vs.

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

We need the ability to compare GDPs per capita in one country vs. How would we know? Again, Milanovic attempts to provide some intuition about important aspects of measurement, here devoting a good deal of discussion to the meaning of?

And then modern societies decreased inequality through progressive economic programs. I think that as a popular book about economics it works very well. But back to numbers: This is like trying figure out why the cars run by listening to the sound of the engine but not caring to look un My reading has been somewhat protracted as I got the silly idea of working at work.

Of interest, per the author, this inequality would have been the likely basis of President Obama’s mother sending her son back to the U. The first section was a little slow and I found the first few vignettes on the economic position of literary characters silly but it was worth sticking with it as the remainder of the book was excellent and thought provoking.


You know from the first page that you’re being treated to a book by someone who knows his way around a complex subject and is capable of explaining it simply to non-experts. Apr 22, Divya Sivasankaran rated it really liked it.

Three essays on the economics of inequality are followed by a crazy random collection of vignettes that illustrate concepts in those essays. The author divides the book tje three sections each discussing a different type of inequality. The author points out that for most of recent history inequality was not seen as all that bad. The ventiles of the richest Luxembourg and the poorest Romania countries do not overlap.

He explains how t I am, alas, statistically challenged. The key to getting this valuable book is paying attention to the word “idiosyncratic” milxnovic the title.

I’m not an economist, but I am curious about the alarming increase in inequality. I’m not sold on the vignette approach – though it did help in navigating complex ideas.

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The richest countries are times richer than the poorest now while in the ratio was 6 to 1. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Milanovic’s book is shorter, better, and gives you a much broader, global view.

Milanovic does provide a lengthy list of suggested readings which should allow those interested to examine the causes of inequality in greater detail on their own.