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After Piketty: where does the inequality debate go next?

Has a 26-year-old graduate student written the most robust response to "Capital" yet?

By George Magnus  

Is Piketty right about the rate of return on capital? © Emmanuelle Marchadour

Capital in the 21st Century, the zeitgeist book by Thomas Piketty, the winner of Prospect‘s 2015 World Thinkers poll, has become a totem for the ubiquitous interest in income inequality, regardless of whether people have read or understood the book, or agree with its conclusions. It is fitting then that we should ask Matthew Rognlie to take a bow.

Matthew who, you ask? Rognlie is…

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