Co-sponsored by Institute for Public Knowledge, Politics, Institute of French Studies, Public Books and La Maison Française
Book event: Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty (Harvard U.P., 2014)
Thomas Piketty is Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics. He is the author of numerous articles and of a dozen books. He has done major historical and theoretical work on the interplay between economic development and the distribution of income and wealth. In particular, he is the initiator of the recent literature on the long run evolution of top income shares in national income (now available in the World Top Incomes Database). These works have led to radically question the optimistic relationship between development and inequality posited by Kuznets, and to emphasize the role of political and fiscal institutions in the historical evolution of income and wealth distribution.