Institutions, power, and inequality

Materials for class on Wednesday, February 13, 2019



Download the slides from today’s lecture.

First slide

International Trade Game

This game was originally developed by the international NGO Action Aid and adapted by Dr. John Sloman from the University of the West of England.


Two countries merged and outperformed all other countries (even if they split their earnings 50/50 at the end, both countries still would have won).

Country Total earnings % of world earnings
A2 & B2 $52,500 50.7%
C2 $19,350 18.7%
C1 $12,150 11.7%
B1 $11,800 11.4%
A1 $7,700 7.4%

This distribution of wealth created a moderately unequal society, with a Gini coefficient of 0.38.

Clearest and muddiest things

Go to this form and answer these three questions:

  1. What was the muddiest thing from class today? What are you still wondering about?
  2. What was the clearest thing from class today?
  3. What was the most exciting thing you learned?

I’ll compile the questions and send out answers after class.