Thomas Piketty

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French economist and academic Thomas Piketty, poses in his book-lined office at the French School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

French economist Thomas Piketty published a detailed 4,400-word defense of his best-selling book on income inequality against allegations that he reli(...)

 Leader of Ukip  Nigel Farage: the party determined to take Britain out of the EU.  Photograph: Getty Images

‘The absence of economic growth is the most cited reason for the rise of extremist political parties – of all kinds in many, but by no means all, EU c(...)

French economist and academic Thomas Piketty, poses in his book-lined office at the French School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Thomas Piketty’s Capital was still No 3 on the Amazon bestseller list when the Financial Times dropped its front-page bombshell. By picking through th(...)

French economist and academic Thomas Piketty, poses in his book-lined office at the French School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences  in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Thomas Piketty, the French economist who wrote a best-selling book on inequality, has defended his work against criticism by the Financial Times of sh(...)

U2 singer Bono speaking at the Convention Centre in Dublin in March. The band fell five places in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, as the wealth of their former manager is now listed separately. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The rich are getting richer, according to the latest study of Ireland’s wealthiest people by the Sunday Times. The fortunes of Ireland’s 250 we(...)

French economist Thomas Piketty’s book Capital has fuelled fierce debate about inequality

The economic collapse has revived the fortunes of equality, a principle once scoffed at by ruling politicians. The French economist Thomas Pike(...)

United Auto Workers (UAW) picket outside General Motors. Union membership uin the US had declined rapidly as had income equality.

Capital in the 21st century, the best-selling book by French economist Thomas Piketty, has certainly struck a chord in political and economic debate,(...)

Wealth of nations:  at the 2005 Russian Millionaire Fair  in Moscow. Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/AFP/Getty Images)

We all recall Ernest Hemingway’s retort to F Scott FitzGerald’s observation that the very rich “are different from you and me”. “Yes. They have more m(...)

The advent of “big data” is a well-documented aspect of our digital age. But the abuse of statistics is also a well-known phenomenon; telling lies wit(...)

 Piketty has remained modest throughout the attention lavished on his book - an unprecedented amount given that he is a left-leaning economist calling for a global tax on wealth to rectify inequality. Photograph: Karsten Moran/The New York Times

Concern is growing that much of the western world is heading into a “Piketty bubble” - a social and economic phenomenon that arises when everyone who (...)

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