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The Piketty Phenomenon – A Panel Discussion


Thu 23 Oct 2014, 5:30pm–7:00pm

Where: Royal Society of New Zealand, 11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: BWB

Please join us at the Royal Society of New Zealand for a panel discussion on Thomas Piketty’s 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century' and its relevance for New Zealand. Chaired by Bernard Hickey.

Panellists include: Geoff Bertram, Brian Easton, Prue Hyman, Matt Nolan, Max Rashbrooke, Cathy Wylie.

Few books have had the global impact of Piketty’s 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century'. An overnight bestseller, Piketty’s assessment that inherited wealth will always grow faster, on average, than earned wealth has energised debate. Hailed as ‘bigger than Marx’ (The Economist) or dismissed as ‘medieval’ (Wall Street Journal), the book is widely acknowledged as having significant economic and political implications.

'The Piketty Phenomenon: New Zealand Perspectives', a new BWB Text, is a collection of responses to this phenomenon from a diverse range of New Zealand economists and commentators. These voices speak independently to the relevance of Piketty’s conclusions. Is New Zealand faced with a one-way future of rising inequality? Does redistribution need to focus more on wealth, rather than just income? Was the post-war Great Convergence merely an aberration and is our society doomed to regress into a new Gilded Age?

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