I capaci e i meritevoli

Qualche giorno fa sui social circolava questa foto. Ritrae tre grandi nomi del nostro tempo – Cristiano Ronaldo, Jeff Bezos, e Barack Obama –, tre numeri uno dei propri rispettivi campi che vantano “umili origini.” Che sono arrivati dove sono grazie alla loro abilità, sbaragliando la concorrenza di chi aveva, in partenza, più mezzi di…

Heads I win, Tails it’s chance

Il Saggiatore has just released the Italian version of Mervyn King‘s last book, The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking and the Future of the Global Economy, which he presented last week in Milan, at the presence of professor Luca Fantacci – co-author of a book with similar title and spirit (The End of Finance, 2011). While discussing the…

Ten Readings on Meritocracy

#1 –  Meritocracy and Economic Inequality Eds. Kenneth Arrow, Samuel Bowles, and Steven Durlauf –  Princeton University Press (2000) “This volume of original essays by luminaries in the economic, social, and biological sciences, however, confirms mounting evidence that the connection between intelligence and inequality is surprisingly weak and demonstrates that targeted educational and economic reforms can reduce…