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Capital and Ideology

23 March 2021
6.30pm – 7.30pm
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Thomas Piketty


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French economist Thomas Piketty has fundamentally changed the way we understand inequality.

His global bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century brought the phenomenon of rising inequality to our attention and highlighted its economic basis. Piketty’s latest book, Capital and Ideology, takes the discussion even further to examine inequality as a political phenomenon, shaped by ideology and social institutions.  

What are the ideologies that have created our current age of inequality, and what are the risks this age poses? What would need to happen for change to occur? 

Join Thomas Piketty in conversation with UNSW’s Richard Holden, as they explore the political basis of inequality in our hypercapitalist age.   

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Thomas Piketty

Thomas Piketty

Thomas Piketty is a leading French economist and Professor of Economics at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences and the Paris School of Economics. He is the co-director of the World Inequality Lab and the World Inequality Database. Piketty is the author of research articles published in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Explorations in Economic History, Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales, and of a dozen books including the critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling Capital in the Twenty-First Century and Capital and Ideology.

Richard Holden

Richard Holden (Chairperson)

Richard Holden is a Professor of Economics in the UNSW Business School. Professor Holden received a PhD from Harvard University and was a faculty member at MIT and the University of Chicago before returning to Australia. He has been published in leading economics journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review and Review of Economic Studies. His popular writings have appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, New Republic, American Affairs, Australian Financial Review, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Conversation. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, and of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

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