Capital and Ideology

Wednesday 18 Dec 2019, 13:15 - 14:30
Campus Woudestein
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On Wednesday, 18 December 2019, French economist Thomas Piketty will give a lecture entitled after his latest publication 'Capital and Ideology'. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session in which the audience will be able to ask questions.

Six years after his best seller book Capital in the 21st century, economist Thomas Piketty has expanded his work on wealth inequality. In his latest book, Capital and Ideology, he adds a political analysis on the causes of inequality and the rise of populism. He shows how inequality has evolved from Europe to India and from medieval times to the present day.

The book includes proposals which some may find radical. For instance, ‘Inheritance for all’ would grant all French citizens 120.000 euros at the age of 25. Wealth taxes should go up to 90% for the richest people and no company shareholder may possess more than 10% of voting rights.

About Thomas Piketty

Thomas Piketty is a French economist whose work focuses on wealth and income inequality. He is a professor at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), associate chair at the Paris School of Economics and Centennial professor at the International Inequalities Institute, which is part of the London School of Economics (LSE).

Piketty 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. To address this problem Piketty proposes redistribution through a progressive global tax on wealth.


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This lecture is organised in by student association AEclipse in cooperation with Erasmus School of Economics.

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