Capital in the Twenty-First Century

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century


Thomas Piketty, one of the most influential experts on income and wealth inequality, unleashes arguably the most significant economic book of the present age – Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

This material presents Piketty’s analysis of data collected from numerous countries ranging as old as the eighteenth century to unearth key economic and social patterns. Piketty’s significant findings will challenge the notions we have today about wealth and inequality.

This analytical book, which contains historical accounts to reveal existing patterns and issues about wealth and inequality, is a must-have for those who pursue a deeper sense of understanding about the topic. 

About the Author

Thomas Piketty, a French economist, studies wealth and income inequality. He is also teaching at several universities, including the London School of Economics’ new International Inequalities Institute.

Table of Contents

Capital in the Twenty-First Century is a historical account of wealth inequality traced over the last 250 years. Piketty’s take on the issue is presented through the following contents:



Part One: Income and Capital

1 Income and Output

2 Growth: Illusions and Realities

Part Two: The Dynamics of the Capital/Income Ratio

3. The Metamorphoses of Capital

4. From Old Europe to the New World

5. The Capital/ Income Ratio over the Long Run

6. The Capital-Labor Split in the Twenty-First Century

Part Three: The Structure of Inequality

7. Inequality and Concentration: Preliminary Bearings

8. Two Worlds

9. Inequality of Labor Income

10. Inequality of Capital Ownership

11. Merit and Inheritance in the Long Run

12. Global Inequality of Wealth in the Twenty-First Century

Part Four: Regulating Capital in the Twenty-First Century

13. A Social State for the Twenty-First Century

14. Rethinking the Progressive Income Tax

15. A Global Tax on Capital

16. The Question of the Public Debt



Contents in Detail

List of Tables and Illustrations


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