Economic and Social History Blog


Inequality: Natural or not?

Iriartea deltoidea- a common palm tree in the west Amazon. Image from here.

In a recently published piece in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science Bas van Bavel (with co-authors from the Environmental Sciences department of Wageningen University) argues that maybe some of what we see in terms of contemporary rampant inequality stems from patterns to be observed in the natural world.

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