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Comparisons between post-2008 America and the economic quagmire of the 1930s have been circulating for years, but a new study out of the London School of Economics sets the country back even further -- and moves the decimal point back a couple of spaces on the 1 percent to highlight an even smaller and richer demographic.

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Historians used the Gini coefficient, a modern measure of wealth inequality, to compare disparities between the classes in the Roman Empire 150 years after the death of Christ and those in the United States today. The ancients, with their ranks of plebeians, patricians and senators, scored slightly better than we did. (more)

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