Journal of Economics

, Volume 126, Issue 1, pp 95–97 | Cite as

Michele Alacevich and Anna Soci: A short history of inequality

Agenda Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2017, Softcover, 232 pp, £12.99
  • Wilfried Altzinger
Book Review

During the last decade a large body of literature on inequality issues has emerged. The small and neat book ‘A Short History of Inequality’ by the historian Michele Alacevich and the economist Anna Soci, however, is a special case, as it provides a well-written introduction to the subject of inequality by different disciplines. Such an inter- and transdisciplinary approach to the issue of inequality is in every respect an advantage. To get an impression of and to understand the complexity of the multidimensional phenomenon of inequality, social, economic, historical and political aspects have to be analysed and discussed jointly. This tiny book has mastered this challenge in an impressive manner.

The book is organized in six chapters and an appendix. Chapter 1 presents an introduction to the relevance of inequality. The authors provide various controversial arguments whether we should focus on inequality or on other issues, such as poverty, or just on economic growth. Generally, it is...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wirtschaftsuniversität WienViennaAustria

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