Battlers and Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in by Andrew Leigh

By Andrew Leigh

Is Australia reasonable sufficient? And why does inequality topic anyway?

In Battlers and Billionaires, Andrew Leigh weaves jointly brilliant anecdotes, fascinating heritage and strong statistics to inform the tale of inequality during this nation. this is often economics writing at its best.

From egalitarian beginnings, Australian inequality rose during the 19th century. Then we grew to become extra equivalent back, with inequality falling markedly from the Nineteen Twenties to the Nineteen Seventies. Now, inequality is returning to the heights of the Twenties.

Leigh exhibits that whereas inequality can gasoline progress, it additionally poses hazards 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 truly is for a child born into poverty to go into the center class.

Battlers and Billionaires sheds clean mild on what makes Australia targeted, and what it capacity to have – and hold – a good go.

Longlisted for the 2014 John Button Prize

‘This is needed interpreting for each Australian who heavily cares in regards to the reasonable move enduring.’ —Peter FitzSimons

‘Be warned: this e-book will open your eyes and prick your conscience.’ —Ross Gittins

‘A thought-provoking ebook which emphasises how some distance we've got strayed from hopefully discussing public rules that search to provide aspiring to our egalitarian spirit.’ —Laura Tingle

‘A cogent and obtainable learn’ —Sun-Herald

‘An proficient examine of a significant subject, written with a conversational ease that makes it rather accessible.’ —the Age

‘This brief booklet is the 1st in what supplies to be an exceptional new sequence from Black Inc. referred to as “Redbacks”. Leigh makes no bones in regards to the undeniable fact that he's writing from a specific political point of view, yet his arguments are lucid, distinct and well-balanced. This publication will seem to readers of caliber political statement comparable to the Quarterly Essay and it really is in particular pertinent in an election year.’ —Books+Publishing

Andrew Leigh is the federal member for Fraser and the Shadow Assistant Treasurer. ahead of being elected in 2010, he used to be a professor of economics on the Australian nationwide college. His books contain Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires (2013) and The Economics of virtually Everything (2014).

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