Zambia travel report 2: Some notes on the economy

There are five things I noticed about the Zambian economy from just looking around outside and talking to people. To start, labour productivity here is low. There are many tiny shops, often selling very similar products, right besides each other, being quite empty most of the time. Similarly, in many restaurants and bars there is... Continue Reading →

Should We Care About Inequality or Poverty?

Groningen, a.d. X Kal. Aug. MMDCCLXXI, A.U.C., Worldwide poverty has been falling over the last few decades. 150 years ago every country in the world was a developing country with raging epidemics and widespread poverty. Fortunately that has been much reduced. Meanwhile, however, inequality may be larger than ever. The middle class in developed countries... Continue Reading →

Constitutions and Redistribution

Groningen, a.d. III Kal. Jul. MMDCCLXXI A.U.C., Currently I am reading the Federalist Papers, which defend the new constitution of the United States of America in 1787, at the same time as reading Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy by Albertus and Menaldo. Reading them together gave me a new insight (others probably have thought it... Continue Reading →

‘Taxation Is The Weapon Against Inequality’

Leiden, a.d. V Kal. Feb. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., "Taxation is the weapon against inequality," do you know that expression? According to Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, taxation is the weapon agaisnt the outrageous inequality in developing countries today. I agree with her that inequality in developing countries is absolutely of unethical proportions, but I doubt... Continue Reading →

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