Podcast: The politics of counting, review of “The Uncounted” with Alex Cobham

Amy Moran Book Banter, Inequality, Tax

We speak to the Tax Justice Network‘s Alex Cobham about his upcoming book “The Uncounted”, which gives an insight into the politics of counting. Franziska Mager from Oxfam GB, also joins us to give her perspective as a researcher on inequality. We discuss who’s missing from the stats at the very bottom and the very top of society, and how …

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Book banter – The Rise of the Meritocracy

Angela Picciariello Book Banter, Inequality Leave a Comment

In our latest Book Banter episode, we review The Rise of the Meritocracy, by British sociologist and politician Michael Young. This satirical essay was first published in 1958, projecting into the year 2034. Oxfam’s Angela Picciariello and Susanna Griffiths discuss what it can tell us about inequality in the present day.

What the iPhone has got to do with inequality

Franziska Mager Book Banter, Inequality Leave a Comment

What is the role of the state in fostering innovation and economic growth? Mariana Mazzucato’s book, The Entrepreneurial State, reveals the role of the public sector in risk taking and the development of new technology, and argues that the state should receive more of the rewards. Research Assistant Franziska Mager reviews the book for Oxfam. Why I read it This …

Health, wealth and the great escape out of poverty

Franziska Mager Book Banter, General, Inequality 1 Comment

Could the history of the last 250 years provide the clues to ending poverty and inequality? Angus Deaton’s book The Great Escape makes a compelling case for improving global well-being by addressing health and wealth. Franziska Mager, Research Assistant, reviews the book as part of our new Book Banter series. Book Banter Are you looking for some inspiring reading? Short …

Have economists got Africa wrong?

Deborah Hardoon Book Banter, General 1 Comment

Deborah Hardoon, Oxfam’s Deputy Head of Research, kicks off a new series of book reviews for those who want to delve deeper into development and humanitarian issues, beginning with Africa: Why Economists Get It Wrong by Morten Jerven. Book Banter Are you looking for some inspiring reading? Short on time or don’t know where to begin? Oxfam’s researchers review their latest …