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The Age of Inequality

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Inequality has become a crucial topic for everyone from economists, central bankers, and bond traders to the Occupy movement and the political leaders who must respond to it. Project Syndicate contributors, including the world’s pre-eminent economic practitioners and academics, examine the causes and consequences of growing disparities in income and wealth.

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    The Amazon and You

    Richard N. Haass

    Sovereignty entails obligations as well as rights, and where compliance cannot be induced, pressure must be applied. And though positive incentives to encourage and enable compliance would be preferable, Brazil's government is showing that there must be sticks where carrots are not enough.

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    The Meritocracy Muddle

    Eric Posner

    Although populism in Western democracies is nothing new, resentment toward elites and experts has certainly been on the rise. Does this trend reflect a breakdown in the system, or a system that is actually working too well?

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