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The rise and fall and rise again of inequality: an interview with Thomas Piketty

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Thomas Piketty (Photo: Emmanuelle Marchadour)

It’s hard to think of a work of economics—certainly not one published in the past 30 years or so—that has had as extraordinary and instantaneous an impact outside the guild of professional economists as Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”. An early review of Piketty’s book—which was published in his native language, French, in 2013, and appeared in a luminous translation by Arthur Goldhammer in March this year—declared it to be “one of the best books in economics written in…

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