05 December 2017

The Contradictions of Capital in the 21st Century

Pat Hudson and Keith Tribe
2016, Agenda Publishing, 240 pages,
ISBN 9781911116110

Reviewer: Bridget Rosewell, Senior Partner, Volterra

This volume of essays starts from the premise that Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century is a wonderful book, challenging both theory and measurement.  Nonetheless, every author is highly critical either of its concepts, its measurement techniques, its policy prescriptions or indeed all of these. 

On the conceptual side, almost all of the authors point out that capital and wealth…

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