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Piketty in the long run

Cowell, Frank A. (2014) Piketty in the long run. British Journal of Sociology, 65 (4). pp. 708-720. ISSN 0007-1315

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1468-4446.12108


I examine the idea of ‘the long run’ in Piketty (2014) and related works. In contrast to simplistic interpretations of long-run models of income- and wealth-distribution Piketty (2014) draws on a rich economic analysis that models the intra- and inter-generational processes that underly the development of the wealth distribution. These processes inevitably involve both market and non-market mechanisms. To understand this approach, and to isolate the impact of different social and economic factors on inequality in the long run, we use the concept of an equilibrium distribution. However the long-run analysis of policy should not presume that there is an inherent tendency for the wealth distribution to approach equilibrium.

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Additional Information: © 2014 London School of Economics and Political Science
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2016 11:24
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 02:08

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