Back in April through June of 2014, I did a lot of research on Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, and wrote a series of twenty blog posts for my old blog, Rugged Egalitarianism, specifically dealing with the arguments of that book. Last year I exported all of the contents of that blog for future use – and then deleted the blog, and forgot about it.
But the Piketty-related posts were fairly well-received. So I have now imported those old posts to this, my new blog, along with a handful of other economics and economic policy posts. Now that Harvard University Press has published a new anthology, After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality, I expect that I will be returning to my previous work and offering new thoughts on the recent directions the discussion of Piketty’s book has taken.
I had to go through each of the posts individually to repair the internal links. I hope I fixed them all, but if the reader finds a link that is still broken, please let me know. You can find the posts in the blog roll below, but here is a handy list of links to all of the posts in the Piketty series, listed from earliest to last:
Laissez Faire’s Piketty Problem
A Flaw in the Economist’s Explanation of Piketty
Nothing Magical about Piketty’s Mathematics
Summers’s Review of Piketty: Underestimating the Argument for the Forces Driving Inequality
A Proper Pile of Piketty Posts
Naked Piketty – with a Bonus Spreadsheet!
The Financial Times’s Lazy Reading of Piketty
Let’s End the Confusion Over Piketty’s Second Fundamental Law
Piketty on the Dynamics of Inequality
Emergency: The World Needs Much Better Piketty Reviews
Taking Stock at my Cottage Piketty Industry
Why is r > g So Significant for Piketty?
The Rate of Return on Capital is Not a Growth Rate
Piketty’s Second Fundamental Law and Some Fallacious Reasoning about Savings
The Growth of Wealth and the Rate of Return on Capital
A Derivation of Piketty’s Second Fundamental Law of Capitalism