Researchers Measure Inequality Caused by #Agriculture in Ancient World
But, the researchers unexpectedly found that while societies in North America and Mesoamerica (the New World) plateaued at .35, inequality kept rising in the Middle East, China, Europe and Egypt (the Old World). Eventually the median #Gini reached about .59 in these regions.
The researchers believe domestic animals may have been a main factor in the difference between the New World and Old World.
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