By Andrew Leigh
In Battlers and Billionaires, Andrew Leigh weaves jointly bright anecdotes, fascinating heritage and robust data to inform the tale of inequality during this state. this can be economics writing at its best.
From egalitarian beginnings, Australian inequality rose in the course of the 19th century. Then we grew to become extra equivalent back, with inequality falling markedly from the Twenties to the Seventies. Now, inequality is returning to the heights of the Twenties.
Leigh exhibits that whereas inequality can gas development, it additionally poses risks to society. an excessive amount of inequality dangers cleaving us into Australias, occupying essentially separate worlds, with little touch among the haves and the have-nots. And the additional aside the rungs at the ladder of chance, the more durable it really is for a child born into poverty to go into the center class.
Battlers and Billionaires sheds clean mild on what makes Australia particular, and what it potential to have – and hold – a good go.
Longlisted for the 2014 John Button Prize
‘This is needed studying for each Australian who heavily cares concerning the reasonable pass enduring.’ —Peter FitzSimons
‘Be warned: this booklet will open your eyes and prick your conscience.’ —Ross Gittins
‘A thought-provoking publication which emphasises how a ways we now have strayed from optimistically discussing public guidelines that search to offer desiring to our egalitarian spirit.’ —Laura Tingle
‘A cogent and available learn’ —Sun-Herald
‘An knowledgeable examine of a major subject, written with a conversational ease that makes it really accessible.’ —the Age
‘This brief booklet is the 1st in what gives you to be an exceptional new sequence from Black Inc. known as “Redbacks”. Leigh makes no bones in regards to the incontrovertible fact that he's writing from a specific political perspective, yet his arguments are lucid, exact and well-balanced. This e-book will seem to readers of caliber political observation comparable to the Quarterly Essay and it's specially pertinent in an election year.’ —Books+Publishing
Andrew Leigh is the federal member for Fraser and the Shadow Assistant Treasurer. prior to being elected in 2010, he was once a professor of economics on the Australian nationwide collage. His books comprise Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires (2013) and The Economics of virtually Everything (2014).
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