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Global Inequality

A New Approach for the Age of Globalization

  • Engelstalig
  • 320 pagina's
  • 9780674737136
  • april 2016
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Branko Milanovic

Branko Milanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранко Милановић; born October 24, 1953) is a Serbian-American economist. A development and inequality specialist, he is since January 2014 visiting presidential professor at City University of New York Graduate Center and an affiliated senior scholar at the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS). He was formerly the lead economist in the World Bank's research department, visiting professor at University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. Between 2003 and 2005 he was senior associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. He remained an adjunct scholar with the Endowment until early 2010. He did his Ph.D. at University of Belgrade in 1987 with the dissertation (published as a book in 1990 ) on economic inequality in Yugoslavia, using for the first time micro data from Yugoslav household surveys.

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One of the world’s leading economists of inequality, Branko Milanovic presents a bold new account of the dynamics that drive inequality on a global scale. Drawing on vast data sets and cutting-edge research, he explains the benign and malign forces that make inequality rise and fall within and among nations. He also reveals who has been helped the most by globalization, who has been held back, and what policies might tilt the balance toward economic justice.

Global Inequality takes us back hundreds of years, and as far around the world as data allow, to show that inequality moves in cycles, fueled by war and disease, technological disruption, access to education, and redistribution. The recent surge of inequality in the West has been driven by the revolution in technology, just as the Industrial Revolution drove inequality 150 years ago. But even as inequality has soaredwithin nations, it has fallen dramatically among nations, as middle-class incomes in China and India have drawn closer to the stagnating incomes of the middle classes in the developed world. A more open migration policy would reduce global inequality even further.

Both American and Chinese inequality seems well entrenched and self-reproducing, though it is difficult to predict if current trends will be derailed by emerging plutocracy, populism, or war. For those who want to understand how we got where we are, where we may be heading, and what policies might help reverse that course, Milanovic’s compelling explanation is the ideal place to start.


This is an important book on an issue which has surprisingly been overlooked in the increasing debate on inequality: global inequality. A must-read.--Ann Harrison, University of Pennsylvania This is a most unusual and stimulating book. It covers a remarkably broad sweep in time, and deals with issues that are central to the future evolution of humanity across the globe.--Brian Nolan, University of Oxford In this fascinating book, Milanovic is able to articulate the study of inequality between and within countries in the clearest possible way. A must-read.--Thomas Piketty, Paris School of Economics Continuing with his extraordinarily important work on the empirics of global inequality, Branko Milanovic in this book expands on that work to lay the basis for a more theoretical understanding of the evolution of inequality. It is seen to be the product of two forces: Kuznets cycles of rising and decreasing within-nation inequalities, and convergence of mean incomes among countries. The relative strength of these two forces has profound political implications: Shall we live in the world of class cleavages, or of huge international income gaps? Is the world to be ruled by the global top 1 percent, or by a large global middle class?--Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University From assessing inequality in the Byzantine Empire to musing over where people fall on the global distribution of income, Branko Milanovic has made a name for himself as an innovative thinker in this field. Even before Thomas Piketty made it cool, he was using Jane Austen vignettes to explore historical patterns of inequality. Milanovic's new book does not disappoint.--Anthony Annett Finance and Development (03/01/2016) Milanovic is one of the first scholars of contemporary income inequality who globalized its study, not just comparing the landscape of income distribution country by country, but integrating all our viewpoints into a global panorama. This book, his latest research and thinking on inequality, gives fresh ideas and insights in global historical perspective, on the profoundly important economic changes in all our lives. This is a book that truly deserves to be read, talked about, and proudly displayed on everyone's bookshelf.--Danny Quah, London School of Economics and Political Science [Milanovic] brings an enormous scope of knowledge of recent and past income trends...The data assembled in the book are incredibly useful and will be eye-opening to most readers...There is an enormous amount of valuable material in a short book and he does raise a number of important basic moral questions that deserve careful thought. The book is well worth reading.--Dean Baker Huffington Post (03/16/2016) [Milanovic] believes that growing inequality within countries will not threaten capitalism as a system for allocating economic resources but will pose a serious threat to liberal democracy. As middle classes everywhere get squeezed, the United States will become even more plutocratic, and nativistic populism will become more mainstream in Europe--a process that is already under way, aided in no small part by the influx of migrants, a feature of globalization that is likely to only intensify.--Richard N. Cooper Foreign Affairs (04/14/2016) Milanovic offers us not just a plethora of facts about income inequality that will surely make his readers think twice. More importantly, he shows us the power of bringing the facts into focus by putting a new lens over these pressing issues--a global perspective...If you do read it, your focus will be sharper, you will be able to see further, perhaps even globally, and your image of a whole host of public policy challenges will be clearer and much more nuanced.--Miles Corak American Prospect (04/01/2016) [Milanovic] brings fresh insights to one of today's most talked-about issues, clearing up confusion on the way.--Craig Calhoun New Statesman (06/10/2016) Drawing on two centuries' worth of household survey data, the book provides an important empirical picture of inequality patterns within and among nations...Milanovic's marshaling and analysis of the data are an achievement in themselves. But I also appreciated his imaginative vision and probing sensibility, especially in the fascinating final chapter, in which he poses 10 big questions, offers predictions and proposals, and outlines a future filled with both possibility and peril.--Jeff Kehoe Harvard Business Review (07/01/2016) This outstanding book adds significantly to recent works by Thomas Piketty, Anthony Atkinson and Fran ois Bourguignon. Milanovic concludes that inequality is rising within most countries, although global inequality, albeit huge, has been falling. Unfortunately, he sees no end to the current upswing in inequality in the high-income countries. That creates disturbing political dangers.--Martin Wolf Financial Times (12/02/2016) Branko Milanovic has written an outstanding book. Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization is informative, wide-ranging, scholarly, imaginative, and commendably brief. As you would expect from one of the world's leading experts on this topic, Milanovic has added significantly to important recent works by Thomas Piketty, Anthony Atkinson, and Fran ois Bourguignon...Ever-rising inequality looks a highly unlikely combination with any genuine democracy. It is to the credit of Milanovic's book that it brings out these dangers so clearly, along with the important global successes of the past few decades.--Martin Wolf Financial Times (04/14/2016) Branko Milanovic's much underestimated Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization, now being published in many languages, tells us more than any other recent book about the state of the world we live in and, at a time when hope is so urgently needed, offers us thought-provoking insights into the world we could become.--Gordon Brown The Guardian (11/25/2017) If there is one book you want to read to understand the tumultuous events of 2016, it has to be Branko Milanovic's Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization. Using clear prose and armed with tons of data, Milanovic presents a fascinating tale of the rise and wane of global inequality to identify very precisely the winners and losers of globalization within and across countries. In doing so, he revisits some of the hoary assumptions about inequality in economics, and raises disturbing questions about the stability of democratic capitalism.--Pramit Bhattacharya Mint (12/29/2016) Hard-hitting...Global Inequality reveals that the main losers of the past three decades of globalization have been the western middle classes. No wonder then that politics is turning so populist and pear-shaped in so many countries. In fact, Milanovic quite persuasively puts inequality worldwide at the heart of a wide range of ills, as threatening our economies and threatening our long-cherished democracies too...Whether you agree with his politics or not, the statistical support for Milanovic's story is as compelling as that garnered by Piketty last year. He is persuasive that political concern about rising inequality is more than a passing fad, and that we need to think about narrowing the gaps, inside countries in particular, if we are going to avoid very ugly social and political developments worldwide.--David Dodwell South China Morning Post (05/13/2016) Branko Milanovic's new book is a welcome companion to Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century.--Vicky Pryce Prospect (05/01/2016) In Global Inequality, Branko Milanovic continues his lifelong investigation into the past, present, and future of inequality, within and between nations and in the world as a whole. Full of new and provocative ideas--including Kuznets waves and citizenship rents--the book will cement Milanovic's reputation as one of the most thoughtful and enterprising of inequality scholars.--Angus Deaton, Princeton University Global Inequality goes well beyond the narrative of rising inequality captured by French economist Thomas Piketty's surprise 2014 best-seller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. In his highly readable account, Milanovic puts that development into the context of the centuries-long ebbs and flows of inequality driven by economic changes, such as the Industrial Revolution, as well epidemics, mass migrations, revolutions, wars and other political upheavals.--Matt Phillips Quartz (03/01/2016) Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization is a brilliant and thought-provoking essay stuffed with enough graphs to satisfy the numerati, anecdotes for the general reader and political insights for the policy wonks. Read it.--Duncan Green LSE Review of Books (05/25/2016)

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