Vilfredo Pareto

Vilfredo Pareto (1848–1923) was an Italian engineer, sociologist, economist, political scientist, and philosopher. He made several important contributions to economics, particularly in the study of income distribution and in the analysis of individuals' choices. He is known for the Pareto principle, which is also called the 80/20 rule, stating that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Pareto was also responsible for popularizing the use of the term 'elite' in social analysis.


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  1. 1. The Mind and Society

    This book is a comprehensive analysis of the social and psychological processes that shape human behavior and society. The author introduces the concept of "residues" and "derivations" as the main drivers of human actions and societal change. He argues that residues, innate characteristics within individuals, are more stable and influential in shaping social phenomena, while derivations are the justifications or explanations people give for their actions. The book further delves into the classification of residues and the role they play in economics, politics, and social dynamics.