Schumpeter Lecture

Presenter(s) Type Length Chair
Thomas Piketty Keynote Address 26/08 16:30 UTC
Wendy Carlin

In this lecture, Thomas Piketty will mobilize newly available historical series from the World Inequality Database to construct world income distribution estimates from 1820 to 2020. He finds that the level of global income inequality has always been very large, reflecting the persistence of a highly hierarchical world economic system. Global inequality increased between 1820 and 1910, in the context of the rise of Western dominance and colonial empires, and then stabilized at a very high level between 1910 and 2020. Between 1820 and 1910, both between-country and within-country inequality were increasing. In contrast, these two components of global inequality have moved separately between 1910 and 2020: within-country inequality dropped in 1910- 1980 (while between-country inequality kept increasing) but rose in 1980-2020 (while between-country inequality started to decline).


Global Income Inequality, 1820-2020. The Persistence and Mutation of Extreme Inequality