Worlds apart [electronic resource] : measuring international and global inequality / Branko Milanovic.Material type: TextPublication details: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2005Description: 1 online resource (ix, 227 p.) : illISBN: 9781400840816 (electronic bk.); 1400840813 (electronic bk.)Subject(s): Income distribution | Economic development | Globalization | Equality | Revenu -- R�epartition | D�eveloppement �economique | Mondialisation | In�egalit�e sociale | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Economic Conditions | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Economics -- Comparative | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Economic Conditions | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Economic History | R�epartition du revenu | In�egalit�e sociale | Mondialisation | D�eveloppement �economique | In�egalit�e globale | Weltwirtschaft | EinkommensverteilungGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Worlds apart.DDC classification: 330.9 LOC classification: HC79.I5 | M55 2005ebOnline resources: EBSCOhost
Includes bibliographical references (p. -221) and indexes.
The promise of the twentieth century -- A topic whose time has come -- pt. 1. Setting the stage. -- The three concepts of inequality defined -- Other differences between the concepts -- International and world inequality compared -- pt. 2. Inequality among countries. -- Rising differences in per capita incomes -- Regional convergence, divergence, or ... "vergence" -- The shape of international GDP per capita distribution -- Winners and losers: increasing dominance of the west -- pt. 3. Global inequality. -- Concept 2 inequality: decreasing in the past twenty years -- High global inequality: no trend? -- A world without a middle class -- pt. 4. Concluding comments -- The three concepts of inequality in historical perspective -- Why does global inequality matter and what to do about it?
"We are used to thinking about inequality within countries - about rich Americans versus poor Americans, for instance. But what about inequality between all citizens of the world? Worlds Apart addresses just how to measure global inequality among individuals, and shows that inequality is shaped by complex forces often working in different directions. Branko Milanovic, a top World Bank economist, analyzes income distribution worldwide using, for the first time, household survey data from more than 100 countries. He evenhandedly explains the main approaches to the problem, offers a more accurate way of measuring inequality among individuals, and discusses the relevant policies of first-world countries and nongovernmental organizations." "Inequality has increased between nations over the last half century (richer countries have generally grown faster than poorer countries). And yet the two most populous nations, China and India, have also grown fast. But over the past two decades inequality within countries has increased. As complex as reconciling these three data trends may be, it is clear: the inequality between the world's individuals is staggering. At the turn of the twenty-first century, the richest 5 percent of people receive one-third of total global income, as much as the poorest 80 percent. While a few poor countries are catching up with the rich world, the differences between the richest and poorest individuals around the globe are huge and likely growing."--Jacket.
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