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 and at the Paris School of Economics. He is the author of the best-selling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
Interviews with Thomas Piketty
The Great Demarcation: The French Revolution and the Invention of Modern Property
by Rafe Blaufarb
Gold and Freedom: The Political Economy of Reconstruction
by Nicolas Barreyre
Citizenship between Empire and Nation: Remaking France and French Africa, 1945-1960
by Frederick Cooper
Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India
by Nicholas B. Dirks
The Emergence of Globalism: Visions of World Order in Britain and the United States, 1939–1950
by Or Rosenboim
Throughout history, social and economic inequalities have been fueled and justified by different ideologies. French economist Thomas Piketty’s latest book, Capital and Ideology, looks at the advent and fall of these ideologies, and how they could evolve in the future. He recommends five great books to better understand these complex and always-evolving ideas, and their consequences for the world.
Interviews where books by Thomas Piketty were recommended
The Race between Education and Technology
by Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F Katz
Top Incomes in the Long Run of History
by Emmanuel Saez, Thomas Piketty & Tony Atkinson
Why Nations Fail
by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
by Larry M Bartels
by Simon Johnson & Simon Johnson and James Kwak
The US, the UK and many other countries have become far less equal over the past 30 years. The MIT economics professor Daron Acemoglu recommends inequality books and reading because he says it’s important we understand how and why this happened, and what it means for our societies.
We live in a society where it’s vital to have a good grasp of economics, but that doesn’t mean you need an economics degree to understand what it’s all about. Australian economist John Quiggin, author of Economics in Two Lessons, recommends books for learning about economics, all accessible to the general reader, and tries to dispel some of the myths about what it is professional economists do.
Distinguished economic historian, Peter Temin, talks us through some of his favourite books. His own latest book, The Vanishing Middle Class, charts America's regression towards a pre-industrial society: with many poor, a few rich, and not much in between.