Measuring Inequality — Branko Milanovic at Critical Theory and the Arts

Branko Milanovic is an important figure in a group of economists who have been making serious empirical advances in the measurement of economic inequality. These new techniques have been developed in the name of more accurately diagnosing income and wealth inequality, to better understand their consequences for the possibility of a decent society. Milanovic has pursued this work in the major international research efforts of the Luxembourg Income Study Center, as well as in his own scholarly work, where he has sought to understand both why the country in which one is born is so determinative of one’s life chances, and how global development structures a new economic elite that spans frontiers. Milanovic will join the Serious Times Lecture Series to discuss his new theoretical work, Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization, aiming to understand the evolution of global inequality with precision, depth, and an eye toward the social consequences of global development.

Milanovic is the Senior Scholar at the Luxembourg Income Study Center, and the Visiting Presidential Professor at The Graduate Center of CUNY. He served for nineteen years as the Lead Economist in the Research Department of the World Bank. He is author of several important writings on global inequality, including The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality and Worlds Apart: Measuring International and Global Inequality.