Thomas Piketty

History of Capitalism: A brief history of equality. Lessons from Capital and ideology.

Professor at EHESS and at the Paris School of Economics

Thomas Piketty
15/09 2021
Guest Lecture

Inequality, slavery and violence played a major role in the early rise of western capitalism. In later stages of development, however, it is the movement toward more equality in income, wealth, education and status which made increased and shared prosperity possible, especially during the 1910-1980 period. In this talk, Thomas Piketty will offer a new perspective on the history of equality and draw lessons for the future.

This lecture is a part of our program on the history of capitalism. Read the full program here.

About Thomas Piketty

Thomas Piketty is the author of research articles published in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, Explorations in Economic History, Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales, and of a dozen books. He has done historical and theoretical work on the interplay between economic development, the distribution of income and wealth, and political conflict. These works have led to emphasize the role of political, social and fiscal institutions in the historical evolution of income and wealth distribution. Thomas Piketty is also co-director of the World Inequality Lab and the World Inequality Database, and one of initiators of the Manifesto for the democratization of Europe. He is the author of the international best-sellers Capital in the 21st century (2014) and Capital and ideology (2020).

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