French economist Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the 21st Century (2013) and perhaps the first to document the 20th-century fall and rise and rise of The One Percent, will deliver the Gamble Lecture. Piketty is the director of studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales and professor at the Paris School of Economics. His best-selling book emphasizes the themes of his work on wealth concentrations and distribution over the past 250 years. The book argues that the rate of capital return in developed countries is persistently greater than the rate of economic growth, and that this will cause wealth inequality to increase in the future. To address this problem, he proposes redistribution through a global tax on wealth
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Sponsored by the Department of Economics. The Philip Gamble Memorial Lectureship Endowment was established by Israel Rogosa '42 and other family and friends in memory of Philip Gamble, a member of the economics faculty from 1935-71 and chair of the department from 1942-65. The fund supports an annual lecture series featuring a prominent economist. This lecture is part of the SBS yearlong series, Social Science Matters: Perspectives on Inequality.