The Piketty Thesis: Population Stagnation and the Politics of Inequality

Required:

Piketty, Thomas. 2014. Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Harvard University Press), pp. 72-84, 146-54, 164-71, 385-411

Summers, L. 2014. ‘The Inequality Puzzle’Democracy, Issue #33 (Summer)

Recommended:

Piketty, Thomas. 2014. Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Harvard University Press)

Critics

Smith, N. 2015. ‘Piketty’s Three Big Mistakes,’ (interview with Matt Rognlie), March 27, Bloomberg.

Goodhart, C., Pratyancha Pardeshi, Manoj Pradhan. 2015. ‘Workers vs pensioners: the battle of our time,’  Prospect, November 12

Evans-Pritchard, A. 2015. ‘Deflation Supercycle is over as world runs out of workers,’ Telegraph, 24 September

Rognlie, M. 2014. ‘A note on Piketty and diminishing returns to capital,’ esp. pp 1-3, 16-18, 23 plus figures at the end

Capital in the Twenty-First Century Wikipedia entry (for summary of critiques)

Supporters

Krugman, P. 2014. ‘Is Piketty All Wrong?’, May 24, New York Times

Roberts, M. 2015. ‘Piketty update: graduate takes on a super star and comes up with a comforting conclusion’


Webcasts:

BBC Newsnight 3-minute intro to the book 

Thomas Piketty TED talk Oct 6, 2014

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