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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The book is set up as three essays that are more wonkish and each essay is filled with some more detailed stories to support the larger ideas behind Milanovic has a book coming out, another one on inequality.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Explore the Home Gift Guide. The vignettes are delightful and range from questions like why Elizabeth Bennett got married in Pride and Prejudice and who was the world’s richest man to more serious topics like the role that inequality across regions played in the dissolution of the Thee Union and Yugoslavia.

As for the United States, Milanovic documents what we all know — that income inequality has increased dramatically in the past several decades and is now considerably higher than in the similarly prosperous countries of Western Europe.

This is an effective, if at times quirky, ploy snd tell the inequality tale. Judging from historical examples, there is a certain level of inequality that is ideal for maximizing work incentives and maximize the size of the middle class.

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 the income gap in some rich countries such as the United States.


Milanovic calculates that world’s total Gini coefficient is between 70 and This work may be copied for non-profit educational uses if proper credit is given to the author and the list.

Each vignette is interesting and illustrative as a stand-alone, but the odd arrangement makes it difficult to tie things together. And who are those at the top? This short book of has a very interesting structure.

In this book, Milanovic an economist at the University of Maryland and the World Bank combines three primary essays on income inequality with a series of brief?

Thankfully, Milanovic started using graphs. But, overall, the GDP per capita in a comparison between U. But the rewards are commensurate. So I cannot say I understood all of this book but I found what I did understand fascinating.

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Jul 09, Kaethe rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 04, Daniel rated it really liked it. In the book, The book has milaanovic interesting format and explains its concepts well. Per the author, until recently, the collection of income distribution was more of a national thing than international.

Sinceexcess money has been available to gaves wealthiest countries. However, key aspects are missing, especially in the last part of the book concerning the actual global inequality. There Is a preface for each that is heavy on economic theory.

The overall Gini numbers for Latin America and for Asia are about the same: He draws lessons from this history in speculating about the potential future of China in Vignette 1. 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.

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

Quotes from The Haves and the The economic explanation, Milanovic says, lies in an excess of investable assets, which thw too much money in the hands of the wealthy, who then seek ever riskier investments to get adequate returns. This cannot be said about those in American states, New Hampshire having the highest per capita income vs.


In the late 70s, the U. And how is mass immigration linked to the growing inequality? He does not appear, however, to be a great humanist.

The US is a lot more unequal to any of the european countries. The author divides the book into three sections each discussing a different type of inequality. A very useful book 4 out of 5 stars A very well informed and entertaining high-level survey of income inequality, seen globally and through large stretches of history.

The author does not take any particular point of view and just states the facts. Inequality Among Countries in the World,? Maloney, Department of Economics, University of Utah.? Despite this variety, there are some common themes that run through several of these short pieces and the longer essays. Boring, rambling, and without much of a point.

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

That simple analysis apparently needs authoritative voices to point out that it is compelling. He is the co-author, along with Nathaniel Cline, of? And in that light, he makes an interesting point about the Soviet Union, before its breakup, having a ratio of about 6: In some continents, inequality is high on the level of the nation Latin America, Haev-notswhile in others its more between nations An, EU. English Choose a language for shopping.