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Book review: capital in the twenty-first century by Thomas Piketty

Lane, Christel (2014) Book review: capital in the twenty-first century by Thomas Piketty. LSE Review of Books (10 Jun 2014). Website.

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Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty seeks to analyse a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. Piketty shows himself to be not only a supereconomist but also a skilled politician, writes Christel Lane. No wonder his thoughts have resonated even at the highest political levels. One can only hope that his work will actually influence adoption of his policy recommendations.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 09:46
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 07:36

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