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After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality

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Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century is the most widely discussed work of economics in recent history, selling millions of copies in dozens of languages. But are its analyses of inequality and economic growth on target? Where should researchers go from here in exploring the ideas Piketty pushed to the forefront of global conversation? A cast of economists ...more
Hardcover, 678 pages
Published May 8th 2017 by Harvard University Press
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Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
This book is an extended series of essays with critiques of Picketty's Capital from scholars who take his thesis seriously and are somewhat sympathetic to it. The book varies in levels of difficulty from poli/sci articles to very difficult economics papers strewn with equations. You can read and invest as much effort as one desires. I was not going to tease out pages of economics equations myself. I am far too lazy. The poli/sci papers are much easier to access and are fairly straightforward.
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Veronica
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- So long as the rate of return exceeds the rate of growth, the wealth of the rich will grow faster than the typical income from work since the economy can absorb increasing amounts of capital without a decline in the rate of return of capital (no diminishing law of returns.)
- Capital is unequally distributed.
- Aggregations of wealth, a return to ‘patrimonial capitalism’ where the ‘commanding heights of the economy are controlled not by talented individuals, but by family dynasties’
- Unequal
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Carl
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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Articles from a wide selection of scholars relating to Thomas Piketty's modern classic "Capital in the 21st Century". Given that a Piketty's opus is viewed as a stimulus to multi-disciplinary approaches numerous academic disciplines are represented - economics, political science, sociology, geography, women's studies, etc. Contributors include Paul Krugman, Emmanuel Saez, Branko Milanovic, & Piketty himself. Content ranges from criticism of Piketty & attempts to discredit his work to ...more
Diego
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: economía
After Piketty es al mismo tiempo un repaso por aspectos clave de la dicusión sobre la desigualdad en la literatura de los ultimos años y su perspectiva historica y a la vez una revisión critica del trabajo de Piketty en el Capital en el Siglo XXI. El trabajo de Boushey, Steinbaum y De Long en editar y recolectar los distintos ensayos y papers que componen el capitulo es de gran utilidad para entender de donde viene y hacia donde va la agenda sobre la economía y la desigualdad.

El trabajo es
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Masnoon Majeed
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent overview of the many topics related to inequality being explored at the moment. Haha my attempt to do a causal review went rather long, but here you go if you would like a summary of all the articles in the book:

Intrigued by reports of rising inequality throughout the world, I decided to read After Piketty. This book is a collection of articles written by leading economists responding to Thomas Piketty's magnum opus, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Following up on my
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Doni
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This book helped soo much in clarifying my understanding of Capital. Capital relied heavily on graphs that were hella hard for me to understand, whereas this book relied largely on textual explanations. In particular, I realized that limitations on growth which will necessarily happen because of physical capacity will exacerbate Piketty's' prediction that the rate of return will be higher than the rate of growth. In other words, the wealthy will get even more wealthy while the rest of the ...more
Graham Clark
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A collection of scholarly articles about and critiquing Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century. Some are too technical for non-economists but many are very interesting, looking at philosophical, geopolitical, feminist and wider economic viewpoints to explain economic inequality. The overall impression is that Capital in the 21st Century is undoubtedly an important work, but perhaps "r > g" is too simplistic a catchphrase. There are many aspects to consider and a lot of future work to be done.
Paula
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Prismatic discussion of Piketty's seminal work. Easier to read to than Piketty. :)
Brian
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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Interesting series of essays on C21. Some of the them are a bit technical.
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Heather Boushey is Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.