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Reviews 6 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 countries. 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.

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.

In this emerging issue area of international politics it will become a standard reference. Among many other things, his work underscores that while national level income disparities are often obscene, international differences account for much more of the even more obscene level of global income inequality. This book is a helpful primer to help you find your way around the complex debates surrounding global inequality.

It is also a forceful demonstration that the world economy remains much too unequal. Milanovic provides hard answers to tough questions. Unlike many economists who write about global poverty and inequality, its author is genuinely open and fair-minded, exploring alternative ways of selecting and processing the available data so as to get robust results that make sense.

Milanovic writes about economics in a way that is clear and engaging and fully accessible to nonspecialists, which is very rare indeed. This book has what it takes to be widely used in classrooms and among journalists, politicians, and diplomats.

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Start your review of Worlds Apart: Measuring International and Global Inequality Write a review Sep 02, Steven Peterson rated it really liked it Branko Milanovic is an economist with the World Bank, who specializes in studying income inequality and poverty. This work is an intriguing analysis of inequality in the world. It is also useful in that he also discusses all the problems with measuring exactly how much inequality there is between nations and even within nations. Even if one reduce all monetary systems to the dollar, the same problem exists. So, Milanovic opts for what he calls "Purchasing Power Parity. Readers will be introduced to that hardy statistic, the Gini Index, as well as other approaches to the subject. The heart of the book is an analysis of global income inequality.

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Worlds Apart: Measuring International and Global Inequality

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 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.

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Reviews 6 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 countries.

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