The Economics of Inequality

The Economics of Inequality

Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translation)
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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 & factual background necessary for interpreting changes in economic inequality over time. This concise text has established itself as an indispensable guide for students & general readers in France, where it has been regularly updated & revised. Translated by Arthur Goldhammer, The Economics of Inequality now appears in English for the first time.

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

Succinct, accessible, & 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 & politics.

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english, 2015
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