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Poverty, Population, Inequality, and Development: the Historical Perspective

  • Alberto Chilosi

Seen in historical perspective the main economic predicaments of the present world (such as poverty, inequality, backwardness) appear in a somewhat different light than in many current discussions, especially by sociologists, radical economists and political scientists. In the present paper the achievements of the modern age, and in particular of the post- World War II period, are considered in the perspective of economic and demographic history, and in their connection with the systems of production and of international relations. Some considerations concerning future possible developments conclude the paper.

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Article provided by Cattaneo University (LIUC) in its journal The European Journal of Comparative Economics.

Volume (Year): 7 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (December)
Pages: 469-501

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Handle: RePEc:liu:liucej:v:7:y:2010:i:2:p:469-501
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