A Sense of Proportion about Inequality in the World

A review of The Haves and the Have-Nots:
A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality
(Authors: Branko Milanovic)

The issue of inequality has been pushed to the forefront in recent years. Partly, perhaps, due to Thomas Piketty’s surprise 2013 bestseller, but more definitely due to the growing general awareness of statistics about wealth and stagnating wages.

It is such a horribly complex topic though. It’s not just finding agreement on the facts; it’s also about our societal goals, and the assumptions, and the scope of analysis. Hard to know where to start. Somewhat arbitrarily, here are a couple interesting, current points of reference: