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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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  2. Where Is the Inequality Problem?
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    Where Is the Inequality Problem?

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  4. The Oligarchy Fallacy

    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

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    King Trump on Trial

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    Crunch Time for the Power Sector

    Michael Spence argues that developing flexible, stable, and resilient smart grids requires an expanded industrial policy.
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    The Rise of Mesoeconomics

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    A growing body of literature focusing on the domain between the microeconomic and the macroeconomic has become increasingly relevant in a world beset by supply shocks. Armed with such insights, those designing industrial policies will have a better chance of achieving their overlapping economic- and national-security goals.

    details how a long-neglected field of economic study can be applied to today's most pressing policy challenges.
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    What the AI Pessimists Are Missing

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    A Unified Western Strategy for Ukraine

    Anders Åslund proposes a maximalist approach to military aid to replace the current piecemeal injections of old weapons.

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