Symposium on “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”

Oct. 22, 2015 | UC San Diego

Symposium on Capital in the Twenty-First Century
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What drives wealth and inequality? Thomas Piketty, author of the best-selling book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” and the researchers that worked with him in producing this widely discussed text, met on campus for a daylong symposium and evening lecture.

Experts from several fields at UC San Diego and other leading universities discussed the issues this book raises about the causes of economic inequality over time and across different countries. They explored the concentration of wealth, the consequences for economic growth, the implications for social mobility and the effects on public policy and politics.

The day concluded with the UC San Diego’s Helen Edison Lecture Series featuring a conversation between Piketty and Peter Gourevitch, the founding dean of GPS, about the causes of income inequality and what the increased concentration of wealth means for our economy and society. A book signing followed the talk.

Symposium co-sponsors:
UC San Diego Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research; UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy and its Center on Global Transformation; the UC San Diego departments of Economics, Sociology and Political Science; and with the support of UC San Diego Extension and the Helen Edison Lecture Series.


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Capital in the Twenty-First Century: Morning Session

Capital in the Twenty-First Century: Lunch Session

Capital in the Twenty-First Century: Afternoon Session

Capital in the Twenty-First Century: Evening Session