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The Winner-Take-All Society : Why the Few at the Top Get So Much More Than the Rest of Us

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Why does the top one per cent of the population capture such a disproportionate amount of the wealth? Why do top athletes win dozens of sponsorship deals, yet competitors who finish just moments behind struggle to attract a single deal? Why does one product become a runaway success, while others flounder and fail? The answer is the rise of 'winner-take-all' markets, in which small differences in performance lead to huge differences in reward. More relevant today than ever before, this fascinating book shows how in business, as in sport, thousands are competing for only a handful of top prizes. As Robert Frank and Philip J Cook reveal, this relentless emphasis on coming out on top has shaped our society and how we define success in troubling ways, creating growing income inequality and an enormous misallocation of talent, as more and more gifted people seek the big bucks and limelight of lucrative yet non-essential careers while vital professions scramble to attract staff. But there are measures we can take to create a more equitable and more prosperous future, and "The Winner-Take-All Society" shows the way.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 20mm | 222.26g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753522268
  • 9780753522264
  • 298,153

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"One of the ten best business books of the year" Business Week "A major contribution to the debate about the causes and consequences of inequality in America" The New York Times Book Review "Should be at the forefront of everyone's attention" -- Lester C Thurow Los Angeles Times "Frank and Cook break new ground by linking the win-at-all-costs mentality to economic and cultural problems" Business Week "[Frank] makes an excellent populariser, with a lucid writing style and a willingness not to take himself too seriously" Guardianshow more

About Robert H. Frank

Robert H. Frank is the author of The Sunday Times bestseller The Economic Naturalist and The Return of The Economic Naturalist. He is the Henrietta Louis Johnson Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management and is a regular economics columnist in The New York Times. Philip Cook is the ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy at Duke University, and author of Paying the Tab (Princeton University Press, 2007).show more

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Why does the top one per cent of the population capture such a disproportionate amount of the wealth? Why does one product become a runaway success, while others flounder and fail? The answer is the rise of 'winner-take-all' markets, in which small differences in performance lead to huge differences in reward. In today's hyper-competitive world, in business, as in sport, thousands are competing for only a handful of top prizes. This relentless emphasis on coming out on top has shaped our society and how we define success in troubling ways. But a more equitable and more prosperous future is possible. The Winner-Take-All Society reveals how. 'A major contribution to the debate about the causes and consequences of inequality' The New York Timesshow more

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"[Frank] makes an excellent populariser, with a lucid writing style and a willingness not to take himself too seriously"show more

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