Branko Milanovic

Branko Milanovic is the Presidential Professor at the City University of New York's Graduate Center, and Senior Scholar at Luxembourg Income Survey.

Will the Bourgeoisie Ever Rule in China?

Applying Marx’s theories to today’s Communist China.

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The Harsh Realism of Adam Smith

Adam Smith was no blind worshipper of the market economy. He pointed to many of the deformations of human behavior that we still deplore today.

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“Nice” China? The Aloofness of Pax Sinica

Given its inherent sense of superiority, could China — once a global hegemon — be more peaceful than its Western (and especially U.S.) predecessors?

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Dining Alone in a Hyper-Competitive World

What can solo dining tell us about the way of life we lead?

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Tackling Global Inequality

Why can’t 20th century tools be used to address 21st century income inequality?

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Ending Inequality Between Countries: Not By Trade Alone

Is a world of approximately equal country incomes really possible to envisage any time soon?

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Colonialism Applied to Europe: Mazower’s “Hitler’s Empire”

Mark Mazower’s “Hitler’s Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe” is a magisterial book.

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Migration Vs. the Welfare State?

A self-fulfilling prophecy of failure: Welfare states attract a lot of unskilled migrants who fail to assimilate. A political disaster is looming.

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Trump: The West’s Gorbachev?

Will Trump have a similarly devastating effect on democracies that Gorbachev had on Communism?

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Can Inequality Be Reduced?

What are the realistic options to tackle the scourge of crass inequality in rich welfare states?

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