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Thomas Piketty

Thomas Piketty (French: [tɔˈma pikɛˈti]; born on 7 May 1971) is a French economist who works on wealth and income inequality. He is a professor (directeur d'études) at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), professor at the Paris School of Economics and Centennial professor at the London School of Economics new International Inequalities Institute.He is the author of the best-selling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013), which emphasises the themes of his work on wealth concentrations and distribution over the past 250 years. The book argues that the rate of capital return in developed countries is persistently greater than the rate of economic growth, and that this will cause wealth inequality to increase in the future. He considers that to be a problem, and to address it, he proposes redistribution through a progressive global tax on wealth. Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Photo by Gobierno de Chile [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

The Best 6 Books on Thomas Piketty

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Le capital au XXI siècle (French Edition)

« Ce livre change la manière de réfléchir sur la société et de faire de l économie. » Paul Krugman, Prix Nobel d économie.L étude la plus ambitieuse jamais entreprise sur les inégalités économiques au cours de l histoire, par l un des jeunes économistes français les plus renommés. Une étude monumentale et un livre-événement sur un sujet capital. Un intervenant incontournable des débats sur les inégalités et la redistribution des richesses, écouté au plus haut niveau politique et réputé internationalement. La répartition des richesses est l une des questions les plus vives et les plus débattues aujourd hui. Mais que sait-on vraiment de son évolution sur le long terme ? La dynamique de l accumulation du capital engendre-t-elle inévitablement sa concentration toujours plus forte entre quelques mains, comme l a pensé Marx au XIXe siècle ? Ou bien les forces équilibrantes de la croissance, de la concurrence et du progrès technique conduisent-elles spontanément à une réduction des inégalités et à une harmonieuse stabilisation dans les phases avancées du développement, comme l a cru Kuznets au XXe siècle ? Ce livre tente de répondre à ces questions à partir de données historiques et comparatives beaucoup plus étendues que toutes les études antérieures. Parcourant trois siècles et plus de vingt pays, il offre une perspective inédite sur les tendances à l uvre et un cadre théorique renouvelé pour en comprendre les mécanismes. Dès lors que le taux de rendement du capital dépasse durablement le taux de croissance de la production et du revenu ce qui était le cas jusqu au XIXe siècle, et risque fort de redevenir la norme au XXIe siècle , le capitalisme produit mécaniquement des inégalités insoutenables, arbitraires, remettant radicalement en cause les valeurs méritocratiques sur lesquelles se fondent nos sociétés démocratiques. Des moyens existent pour inverser cette tendance, tout en repoussant les replis nationalistes ou totalitaires, mais la voie est étroite.Quelques mois après sa parution en France, qui avait été accompagnée d une couverture médiatique hors du commun pour un ouvrage en sciences humaines, le livre de Thomas Piketty, paru an anglais aux États-Unis au printemps 2014, suscite un engouement exceptionnel. En tête de la liste des best-sellers, il a été encensé par le prix Nobel d économie Paul Krugman. L auteur a même été reçu à la Maison-Blanche et au Ministère de l économie des États-Unis. Lire le compte rendu de ce succès dans Le Devoir.Consultez des extraits du livre et la revue de presse sur la page de l auteur, sur le site WEB de l École d économie de Paris.Écoutez l entrevue avec Patrick Cohen à France Inter.Note : En vente dans toutes les librairies, sauf Renaud-Bray
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El capital en el siglo XXI (Obras De Economis) (Spanish Edition)

Para el autor, cada país, en relación con su historia y su compromiso democrático, responde de manera diferente a una ley básica del capitalismo de mercado que estimula la concentración de la riqueza en los sectores más favorecidos. El trabajo de Piketty cuestiona la relación óptima entre desarrollo e igualdad sugerida por Simon Kuznets y destaca el papel de las instituciones políticas y fiscales en la evolución histórica de la distribución de la riqueza.
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The Economics of Inequality

Thomas Piketty―whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century pushed inequality to the forefront of public debate―wrote The Economics of Inequality as an introduction to the conceptual and factual background necessary for interpreting changes in economic inequality over time. This concise text has established itself as an indispensable guide for students and general readers in France, where it has been regularly updated and revised. Translated by Arthur Goldhammer, The Economics of Inequality now appears in English for the first time.

Piketty begins by explaining how inequality evolves and how economists measure it. In subsequent chapters, he explores variances in income and ownership of capital and the variety of policies used to reduce these gaps. Along the way, with characteristic clarity and precision, he introduces key ideas about the relationship between labor and capital, the effects of different systems of taxation, the distinction between “historical” and “political” time, the impact of education and technological change, the nature of capital markets, the role of unions, and apparent tensions between the pursuit of efficiency and the pursuit of fairness.

Succinct, accessible, and authoritative, this is the ideal place to start for those who want to understand the fundamental issues at the heart of one of the most pressing concerns in contemporary economics and politics.

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Why Save the Bankers?: And Other Essays on Our Economic and Political Crisis

Reflections on politics, the economy, and the modern world by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
 
Thomas Piketty’s work has proved that unfettered markets lead to increasing inequality, and that without meaningful regulation, capitalist economies will concentrate wealth in an ever smaller number of hands, threatening democracy. For years, his newspaper columns have pierced the surface of current events to reveal the economic forces underneath.
 
Why Save the Bankers? collects these columns from the period between the September 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers and the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. In crystalline prose, Piketty examines a wide range of topics, and along the way he decodes the European Union’s economic troubles, weighs in on oligarchy in the United States, wonders whether debts actually need to be paid back, and discovers surprising lessons about inequality by examining the career of Steve Jobs. Coursing with insight and flashes of wit, these brief essays offer a view of recent history through the eyes of one of the most influential economic thinkers of our time.
 
“Easy to follow for readers without much knowledge of economics, especially when [Piketty] picks apart topics that defy classical economic logic; in this he resembles Paul Krugman, who similarly writes clearly on complex topics . . . Helps make sense of recent financial history.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Anyone with an interest in politics, monetary policy, or international diplomacy will get a kick out of Piketty’s clear discussion.” —Shelf Awareness
 
“If you have been influenced by Piketty’s landmark work on inequality, make sure to read this next.” —Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything
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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

A New York Times #1 Bestseller
An Amazon #1 Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal #1 Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
A Sunday Times Bestseller
Winner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award
Winner of the British Academy Medal
Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award


“It seems safe to say that Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the magnum opus of the French economist Thomas Piketty, will be the most important economics book of the year―and maybe of the decade.”
―Paul Krugman, New York Times

“The book aims to revolutionize the way people think about the economic history of the past two centuries. It may well manage the feat.”
The Economist

“Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is an intellectual tour de force, a triumph of economic history over the theoretical, mathematical modeling that has come to dominate the economics profession in recent years.”
―Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post

“Piketty has written an extraordinarily important book…In its scale and sweep it brings us back to the founders of political economy.”
―Martin Wolf, Financial Times

“A sweeping account of rising inequality…Piketty has written a book that nobody interested in a defining issue of our era can afford to ignore.”
―John Cassidy, New Yorker

“Stands a fair chance of becoming the most influential work of economics yet published in our young century. It is the most important study of inequality in over fifty years.”
―Timothy Shenk, The Nation

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Capital in the Twenty First Century

What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.

Piketty shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities on the apocalyptic scale predicted by Karl Marx. But we have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality as much as we thought in the optimistic decades following World War II. The main driver of inequality―the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth―today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. But economic trends are not acts of God. Political action has curbed dangerous inequalities in the past, Piketty says, and may do so again.

A work of extraordinary ambition, originality, and rigor, Capital in the Twenty-First Century reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today.

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