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Thomas Piketty: in conversation with Lord Stewart Wood

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Thomas Piketty's ground-breaking new book Capital in the Twenty-First Century presents pioneering research that has sparked a huge amount of international debate on global wealth inequality and modern capitalism. His analysis of the impact of extreme inequality on the economy, society and democracy has presented significant challenges for policymakers intent on tackling growing inequalities.

Thomas Piketty will introduce the research put forward in his new book before joining Labour peer and Ed Miliband's senior adviser Lord Stewart Wood in conversation to explore some of these themes in greater detail.

As Lord Stewart Wood said, "Thomas Piketty's book predicting ever-growing inequality is making waves. We need to start debating how to respond" - this event intends to do just that.

“It seems safe to say that Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the magnum opus of the French economist Thomas Piketty, will be the most important economics book of the year — and maybe of the decade."
Paul Krugman (Nobel Prize winning economist)
"Piketty suggests that the pressures for change will eventually prove overwhelming. Either ever-richer capitalists will tear one another apart in the race for diminishing returns, or the rest of society will rise up and impose a fairer framework."
Jacob Hacker (leading thinker in pre-distribution)
"Through the action of wars and social movements, capitalism appeared to most social scientists to have been “tamed.” Piketty argues that this view turns out to have been wrong."
Branko Milaniovic (IMF economist)
"We must respond to [Piketty's] challenge with ambition and imagination, not with pessimism"
Lord Stewart Wood
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