Global Inequality and More

Branko Milanovic
Global inequality and other economics
Created 03 Jan 2021
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  • Historical wealth
    12 May 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    A few days ago I wrote a post on wealth comparisons over time. I have done such a comparison myself in “The haves and the have-nots” and have used Adam Smith’s argument that person’s wealth ought to b...
  • Is citizenship just a rent?
    11 May 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    The modern idea of citizenship, after the French Revolution, is based on two pillars: one is voluntary or compulsive participation in the political life of a community, the other is the physical “grou...
  • Colonialism applied to Europe
    07 May 2021 • 4 min read • 1 1
    Mark Mazower’s “Hitler’s Empire: How the Nazis ruled Europe” is a magisterial book. I read it on vacation, and it is not a book I would suggest you take with you to the beach. Unless you want to spoil...
  • The last colonial war?
    07 May 2021 • 4 min read
    Ian Kershaw’s two-volume Hitler biography (“Hubris, 1889-1936” and “Nemesis, 1936-1945”) is considered by many a “definitive biography” of Hitler. One probably can say that, with some degree of certai...
  • The history of global inequality studies
    07 May 2021 • 4 min read • 0 1
    I recently read a very nice paper by Christian Christiansen on the origins of global inequality studies. The paper is yet to be published, so I will not quote anything from it but I would suggest to t...
  • The influence of Karl Marx—a counterfactual
    05 May 2021 • 5 min read • 10 0
    The two hundredth anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth is giving rise to many conferences dedicated to numerous (and God knows there were many) aspects of Marx’s work and life. (I am going to one such con...
  • The age of open financial imperialism
    04 May 2021 • 4 min read • 5 0
    Nate Silver’s piece on FIFA and how it should be either reformed or broken up is a remarkable piece of journalism. It is not remarkable by what it says about how a soccer governing body should be run....
  • Non-exemplary lives
    03 May 2021 • 2 min read • 9 1
    Recently I read, rather by accident than design, short lives of several contemporary economists. What struck me was their bareness. The lives sounded like CVs. Actually, there was hardly any differenc...
  • Milton Friedman and labor-managed enterprises
    03 May 2021 • 4 min read • 3 1
    In the Spring of 1973 Milton Friedman visited Yugoslavia. A few weeks after his trip, he recorded this very interesting conversation (see the link; the link was unearthed by my friend Milos Vojinovic)...
  • Machiavelli as an economist
    01 May 2021 • 3 min read • 6 0
    I was recently rereading The Discourses (as I periodically enjoy doing) and on Sunday I read a review of an interesting new book on Machiavelli—an inexhaustible topic indeed. So I thought of writing d...
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