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Working Paper 42


Keith Griffin is one of the giants of economics in our time. His writings on egalitarian development are of course prodigious and highly influential. But what sets him apart from even other leading thinkers in this field is his focus not simply on what should be done to advance an egalitarian development path, but also the specific means through which a more equal society that is also sustainable might actually be achieved. The Transition to Egalitarian Development (1981) was the title of just one of his many works reflecting this set of concerns and approach to research. This should not be surprising, since many of Griffin’s most important works emerged out of specific projects in which he was advising governments throughout the world on precisely the question of how to advance a workable transition toward egalitarian development.


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