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The Greed Line: Tool for a Just Economy

When the richest 85 individuals in the world own as much as the poorest 3 billion people, one must ask about equity and social justice.

Edited by Athena Peralta and Rogate Mshana

How much is too much?—

When the richest 85 individuals in the world own as much as the poorest 3 billion people, one must ask about equity and social justice.

Yet the problem is not just individual but also systemic. Just as nations have developed poverty lines to identify people who need help, so too, the authors here argue, we need a measure of relative wealth that can guide policy makers, governments, development specialists, and economists. Approaching the question through theological, ethical, and economic analysis, they probe the dynamics of wealth creation, the effectiveness of national and international policies, and the underlying questions of poverty, wealth, and widening economic disparities.

Athena Peralta is a Manila-based developmental economist. She has worked for the National Economic and Development Authority of the Philippines and presently is responsible for the Economy of Life project for the World Council of Churches.

Rogate R. Mshana served until 2014 as the programme executive for the Poverty, Wealth and Ecology project of the World Council of Churches in Geneva. He presently lives in Tanzania.

 

Specs: 208 pages, 6 x 9”; paper; perfect bound; 4-colour cover

Topic: Christian Ethics / Economics

ISBN: 978-2-8254-1659-4

Price: CHF 19.00; £13.00; €13.00; $19.00;

Rights: World, all languages

 

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