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Unequal at Any Speed?

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The 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath have focused widespread attention on economic inequality – all the more so because the gains from revived growth have accrued almost entirely to the rich. What explains persistent growth in wealth and income disparities, and how should governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and local communities respond?

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    The Capitalist Threat to Capitalism

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  4. The Oligarchy Fallacy

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  5. East Africa’s Prosperity Gap
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    East Africa’s Prosperity Gap

    Mar 5, 2014 Michael Meyer points out that the region's rapid economic growth is overwhelmingly benefiting the very rich.

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    From Poverty to Empowerment

    Mar 3, 2014 Subir Gokarn & Anu Madgavkar propose a broad set of measures to lift Indians' standard of living.

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    Let the Giggers Fight Inflation

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    propose a blueprint to unlock financing and kickstart investment in adaptation and clean energy.
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