Inequality in America: the 1% in International and Historical Perspective

September 27, 2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
East Gallery, Buell Hall New York, NY 10027
United States
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A lecture by 

Thomas Piketty, Paris School of Economics

Moderated by Bernard Salanie, Professor of Economics, Columbia University

 Inequality in the U.S. is now larger than ever before in American history. It is approaching the record levels observed in Europe from 1900-1910. Does inequality in America have a distinctive meritocratic character (American exceptionalism), or is the New World simply becoming like Old Europe? 

Thomas Piketty is Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics. Research by Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez on the growing income inequality in the U.S. helped trigger American debates about the 1%, and has won mention in White House budget documents and the New York Times, and drawn criticism from the Wall Street Journal. 

Co-sponsored by the Program for Economic Research and the Maison Francaise.

Slides from Professor Piketty's presentation are available here