Harris to Host Discussions on Inequality with Thomas Piketty

Thomas Piketty, a leading economist and author of the best-selling Capital in the Twenty-First Century, will discuss global economic inequality at two events November 6 at the University of Chicago.

Piketty will join a panel discussion with prominent economists, titled “Understanding Inequality and What to Do About It,” in a noon event that will be webcast live from the Max Palevsky Cinema. Nobel laureate and Harris affiliate professor James Heckman will moderate the discussion, featuring Profs. Kevin Murphy of UChicago and Steve Durlauf of the University of Wisconsin, which will focus on the rise in inequality in industrialized countries over the past 40 years. The event is co-sponsored by the Becker Friedman Institute, the Harris School of Public Policy, the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group, and the Center for the Economics of Human Development. 

At 6 p.m., Piketty will deliver a lecture, “Reflections About Inequality and Capital in the 21st Century,” in the performance hall of the Logan Center for the Arts, followed by a conversation with Harris Deputy Dean and Edwin and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor Kerwin Charles. The free event, co-sponsored by Chicago Harris, the Center for International Studies and the France Chicago Center, is open to the public and will be webcast live as well. A reception will follow in the Gidwitz Lobby of the Logan Center. Please RSVP by Nov. 1.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century focused on wealth and income inequality in Europe and the United States since the 18th century. Nobel laureate Paul Krugman called the 2013 book “the most important economics book of the year―and maybe of the decade.” A native of France, Piketty is a professor at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, the Paris School of Economics and the London School of Economics’ new International Inequalities Institute.

UPDATE: Registration for the 6 p.m. event is closed. Guests unable to attend may tune in for the live webcast here.