Capital in the Twenty-First Century: Live Virtual Roundtable Discussion
Where: Film Forum
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Featuring: Thomas Piketty, economist and Capital in the Twenty-First Century author; Ian Bremmer, Global Political Risk Advisor and President and Founder of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media; and Gillian Tett, Chair of the Editorial Board and Editor-at-Large (US) of the Financial Times and Co-Founder of Moral Money; moderated by The New Republic Editor Chris Lehmann.
Presented in conjunction with the film CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, available to rent starting Friday, May 1.
Thomas Piketty is Professor at EHESS and at the Paris School of Economics. He is the author of numerous articles published in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, Explorations in Economic History, Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales, and of a dozen books. He has done major historical and theoretical work on the interplay between economic development, the distribution of income and wealth, and political conflict. In particular, he is the initiator of the recent literature on the long run evolution of top income shares in national income (now available in the World Inequality Database). These works have led to radically question the optimistic relationship between development and inequality posited by Kuznets, and to emphasize the role of political, social and fiscal institutions in the historical evolution of income and wealth distribution. He is also the author of the international best-seller Capital in the Twenty-First Century. (From his page on the Paris School of Economics Website)
Harvard University Press recently released Capital and Ideology, the highly-anticipated follow-up to Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
Ian Bremmer is an American political scientist specializing in U.S. foreign policy, states in transition, and global political risk. Referred to as the “guru” in the field of political risk by The Economist, Bremmer has also published several books, including the New York Times bestselling Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism. His definition of an emerging market as “a country where politics matters at least as much as economics to the market” is a standard reference in the political risk field.
Gillian Tett is a British author, journalist, and editor. She graduated with a PhD degree in Anthropology and became a correspondent for the Financial Time. From 2010 to 2012, she served as US Managing Editor for the Financial Times. Her New York Times Best Seller Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe, won her the Financial Book of the Year at the Spear’s Book Awards. She is known for using her background in anthropology as a guide to analyze the global economy and financial system.
Chris Lehmann is an editor at The New Republic. He most recently was editor in chief of The Baffler, and author of the former “Jaundiced Eyeball” and “The Blessed and the Brightest” columns. He will remain editor at large at The Baffler. He’s previously held roles at Newsday, New York magazine, The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, and Yahoo! News, and published the books “Rich People Things: Real-Life Secrets of the Predator Class” and “The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity and the Unmaking of the American Dream.