The Poor and the Plutocrats: From the Poorest of the Poor to the Richest of the Rich (Hardcover)

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Why we are poor and others are so very rich, indeed, why they are so rich when we are still very poor.

A decisive examination of inequality and its relationship to poverty and wealth, The Poor and the Plutocrats explores how we live in a world of very many poor people and a very few extremely rich ones - the poor and the plutocrats of the title. Globally the last twenty years have seen declines in
inequality between countries and the fastest fall in the numbers of absolutely poor in history - those living on less than the World Bank extreme poverty line of US$1.90 per day. In parallel, inequality within some countries has increased markedly, particularly in the US and the UK.

In The Poor and the Plutocrats, Francis Teal explains this pattern of falling absolute poverty and rising relative poverty (the decline of global inequality and the rise of inequality within countries) through the lens of how, over the last two centuries, the value of relatively unskilled labour has
changed. To understand the co-existence of the poor and the plutocrats, Teal examines the patterns of growth in national income and how the 1% have captured, in some countries, an increasing share of that income. This book explains how we have come to live in a world of such high levels of income
and such dissatisfaction with how that income is distributed.

About the Author


Francis Teal, Research Associate, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford Francis Teal has worked on labour market questions for both rich and poor countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. It is this background that informs the approach adopted in this book to understanding the sources of inequality; a global and pressing concern. He was a Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) at the University of Oxford from 1996 until his retirement in 2012. He is now a managing editor of Oxford Economic Papers and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African Economies. Before joining the Centre in 1991 Francis Teal held positions in Tanzania at the Tanzania Investment Bank, in the UK at the National Institute of Economics and Social Research and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and in Australia at the Bureau of AgriculturalEconomics and the Australian National University.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780198870142
ISBN-10: 0198870140
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Pages: 256
Language: English

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