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What Are the Origins of Wealth and Inequality? Oded Galor

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Oded Galor, the founder of Unified Growth Theory, gives a landmark account of our journey from the dawn of human existence to the present and offers vital lessons for our future.

In the last 200 years, stunning advances in health, wealth and lifespan have fundamentally transformed the experience of being human, at least for some. But what are the keys to human progress and our species’ survival?

Galor’s The Journey of Humanity upends many assumptions. The game-changing revolution of recent centuries was not industrialisation but mass education; not the era of child labour but the end of it. New technology can enhance living standards – but it has done so only by reducing family size and spurring greater gender equality. Meanwhile, differing levels of diversity, stemming from patterns of human migration tens of thousands of years ago, have been as powerful in determining the fate of nations as colonialism or geography. How did Europe soar ahead of previously more advanced civilisations such as China and the Ottoman Empire? Why have workers’ revolutions succeeded in agricultural but not industrialised nations? Why are Bolivia’s challenges the opposite of Ethiopia’s? Is continued growth compatible with tackling the climate crisis?

Drawing on a lifetime’s investigation, Galor makes astounding connections across economics, geography, archaeology, genetics, demography and linguistics to answer these questions and more and offers a hopeful vision of our future.

In conversation with Andrew Kelly, Director of Bristol Ideas.

Read about Unified Growth Theory here.

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Oded Galor’s The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality is published by Vintage. Buy a copy online or at the event in Waterstones.

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Bristol Festival of Economics director Diane Coyle reviews Oded Galor’s The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality.

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Oded Galor is Herbert H Goldberger Professor of Economics at Brown University and the founding thinker behind Unified Growth Theory, which seeks uncover the fundamental causes of development, prosperity and inequality over the entire span of human history. He has shared the insights of his lifetime’s work in this field at some of the most prestigious lectures around the globe and has now distilled those discoveries into The Journey of Humanity, which is being published in 28 languages worldwide. Follow him on Twitter @GalorOded

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