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Marianne Midwest Series

November 6, 2015 | 1 hour 27 mins | University of Chicago


In this discussion, French economist and expert on wealth and income inequality Thomas Piketty presents his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century. He focuses on the long-run dynamics of income inequality, highlighting that institutions and policies greatly impact income and wealth concentrations from country to country. He then explains the current shift towards a return to a patrimonial or wealth-based society, citing what he calls "the metamorphosis of capital." In conclusion, Piketty draws from his research and data and comments about the future of wealth concentration.

A Q&A portion follows the presentation, moderated by Kerwin Charles, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman, Distringuished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

This program is made possible with the support of the Center for International Studies and Chicago Harris and part of Marianne Midwest Series organized by the Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in ChicagoAlliance Française in Chicago, and France Chicago Center at the University of Chicago.

BROADCASTED LIVE IN 10 MIDWEST CITIES: Alliance Française of Chicago, Alliance Française of Cincinnati, Alliance Française of Kansas City, Alliance Française of Milwaukee, Alliance Française of Minneapolis, Alliance Française of St. Louis & Centre Francophone at Webster University, Creighton University Omaha, Lexington Department of Social Services Kentucky, Michigan Technological University Houghton, and University of Wisconsin Madison