EDPS 360 (A2) Fall 2013

Piketty & Others on Capital in the Twenty-First Century

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2014 at 8:07 am

This video is a useful introduction to  Capital in The Twenty-First Century, a book that has become a global sensation in recent months. If you don’t have time to read the whole book, this is not a bad place to get the gist. Piketty himself provides a summary, others (Stiglitz, Krugman, Durlauf) provide commentary.

As to what this video has to do with education, the topic is not addressed specifically in the video, but there is, I think, an implicit appeal to and/or critique of the notion that education itself combats inequality. This is a extraordinarily complex question, one that is very much worth exploring. Whatever the facts of this matter, the question of how education can be made to combat inequality ought to compel us toward lively debate.

Near the beginning, a couple of data sources are mentioned, the World Top Incomes Database and the Luxembourg Income Study Database.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century – YouTube.


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