Thomas Piketty
#1325 Overall Influence

Thomas Piketty

French economist

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Thomas Piketty is Professor at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and at the Paris School of Economics. He earned his Ph.D from the London School of Economics – at the age of 22, even winning an award from the French Economics Association for his thesis.

Piketty is an expert in the study of economic inequality. In his research, he uses a longitudinal approach, drawing from centuries of historical data to better understand the long term impacts of various economic policies for wealth distribution. A vocal proponent for global wealth redistribution, he has concluded that systemic income inequality will never self-correct. Instead, solutions such as a progressive global tax may prove effective.

In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, he suggests that solving income inequality will require deliberate action, but most importantly, that solving income inequality by reforming capitalism is necessary for the ongoing survival of democracy. He has written numerous books in French and English, but this book was his most highly acclaimed, earning him the British Academy Medal and reaching #1 on The New York Times bestseller list for nonfiction.

In 2015, he turned down the French Legion Medal of Honour on the principle that he would rather be honored by his peers than the government.

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University of London
University of London

Federal research university in London, England

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences

French higher education institution

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#45 World Rank
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#20963 World Rank
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