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Rising Inequality, Globalization and the Changing Structure of Political Conflict

Thomas Piketty
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6:00 pm

ABSTRACT  In this public lecture, Thomas Piketty will present new findings and reflections on global inequality dynamics, drawing upon evidence from the World Inequality Report 2018. Piketty will also address the relation between rising inequality and the changing structure of electoral conflict, from class-based to identity-based conflict.

BIO / Thomas Piketty is Professor at EHESS and at the Paris School of Economics. His bestseller "Capital in the 21st century" is one of the most widely discussed Economics writings of the recent past. He is the author of numerous 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, Econometrica, Explorations in Economic History, Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales, 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 Wealth and Income 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, social and fiscal institutions in the historical evolution of income and wealth distribution.

Due to the enormous interest and large number of registrations received to date, we unfortunately had to close registration for the event, and cannot guarantee seating for more participants.

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