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Harvard professor of international political economy Dani Rodrik elucidates the dynamics of global and national income inequality and addresses pragmatic solutions to ongoing imbalances in this somewhat esoteric but ultimately rewarding analysis. getAbstract recommends this authoritative report to policy makers, analysts and executives interested in the nuances of national and international inequality.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How income inequality has changed, nationally and globally;
  • How enhanced worker mobility could reduce global inequality; and
  • What ramifications the freer flow of labor could have on nations’ economies and institutions.

About the Author

Dani Rodrik is a professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.



Analysts observing trends in income inequality since the 1990s find two divergent realities: From a national perspective, citizens from a preponderance of sovereign countries have experienced rising income disparity. Through an international lens, however, global income inequality – defined as “the distribution of income across all households in the world” – has narrowed, in large measure due to the growth of China’s and India’s economic engines. Moreover, thanks to a burgeoning worldwide middle class, the compression of global inequality continues. Yet considerable intercountry income gaps persist.

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