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Preface Part I: The Underlying Research Why all the Fuss? Why this Book? The Underlying Research The Distribution of Income Over the Twentieth Century Top Income Shares Over the Twentieth Century Four Key Insights Why Does This Matter? Technology, Education, and the Possibility of a New Kuznets Curve after 1980? Part II: Summary of Capital in the Twenty-First Century Structure of the Book Introduction 1. Income and Capital 2. The Dynamics of the Capital/Income Ratio 3. The Structure of Inequality 4. Regulating Capital in the Twenty-First Century Conclusion Part III: Is Thomas Piketty right?

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A handy introduction to one of the 21st century's most important works on the economy.

About the Author

Jesper Roine is an expert on wealth and income inequality, as well as one of the researchers who has contributed to the World Top Incomes Database upon which Piketty's research is based. He is an associate professor of Economics at SITE at the Stockholm School of Economics and has been published, extensively, on the topic of income and wealth inequality. Together with his colleague Daniel Waldenstroem at Uppsala University, he is responsible for the Swedish data on long-run income and wealth inequality used in Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century.


An ideal companion to Piketty. For students and those in need of easier access to Piketty's work, Roine lays out the story in clear terms while providing very useful historical and economic background. * David Stasavage, New York University *
An authoritative, coherent and clearly written introduction to Piketty. It is a much needed critical guide to Piketty's work and an invaluable teaching tool. * Ioana Negru, SOAS *
Jesper Roine has written a superb summary of the most talked-about economics book of the 21st century. Jesper's sharp analytical mind, deep social interest and his own respected research in the field make him the ideal author of a book like this. * Magnus Henrekson, Research Institute of Industrial Economics *
A very readable summary of Piketty's important book, written by a leading expert on inequality data. * Per Krusell, Chair of the Committee for the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences *
Provides invaluable support for students interested in Piketty's landmark work and the debate that it has generated. This book is one that every student reading Capital in the Twenty First Century should use. * Sara Gorgoni, University of Greenwich *
This book is for people who were interested in Piketty's analysis of inequality, but found his book too ponderous to finish. That includes me! Roine compresses Piketty's magnum opus down to 160 digestible pages, not by losing detail, but by expressing the essential data and analysis in a concise, accessible way. * Steve Keen, author of Debunking Economics *

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