Branko Milanovic on what the elephant curve tells us about globalization—and how to fight inequality.

Inequality Is Rising in Every Country. And Yet It’s Falling Around the Globe. Here’s Why.

Inequality Is Rising in Every Country. And Yet It’s Falling Around the Globe. Here’s Why.

Talking about democracy.
Dec. 6 2017 7:15 AM

Smoothing an Elephant

Branko Milanovic, the author of the famous “elephant graph,” explains what’s good about globalization—and how to confront global inequality.

Busy customers and pedestrians walk past street market stalls in Hong Kong on December 1, 2017.
Customers and pedestrians walk past street market stalls in Hong Kong on Dec. 1.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images.

Listen to “Smoothing the Elephant Curve”:

Yascha Mounk and Branko Milanovic discuss what his famous elephant curve says about the ills—and the gains—of globalization, how the left’s concern with inequality is being turned against its concern with internationalism, why economic causes of populism are often expressed in cultural ways, and how a determination to increase the financial and educational endowments of ordinary citizens can combat inequality and boost their living standards.

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This podcast was made in collaboration with New America.

Podcast production by John T. Williams.