Renowned social scientist and economist Mancur Olson is best known for his treatise called The Logic of Collective Action. But, it is another work of his that also deserves attention. In Power and Prosperity, Olson deals with the oft repeated question – why does an economic divide persist between countries?
The wealthiest countries are those that have free economies. There is a popular belief that the more capitalist economies in Europe, North America and even Asia (like Japan) have greater financial inequalities. But the true picture reflects a different scenario altogether. Such countries are better off than the socialist economies when it comes to distribution of wealth.