University of California San Diego, through the Helen Edison Lecture Series, is hosting Thomas Piketty, renowned economist and bestselling author of "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," on Oct. 22 for a daylong scholarly symposium and a public talk in the evening to explore the causes of income inequality and what the increased concentration of wealth means for our economy and society.
Piketty has detailed the historic trajectory of income inequality and the implications of this increasing economic disparity on society. His work has earned him comparisons to such influential economists as Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes and Karl Marx. Esquire deemed his book the most important work of the 21st century.
Piketty, a professor at the Paris School of Economics, will be joined by Peter Gourevitch, founding dean of UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy and distinguished professor emeritus of political science, for a lively conversation about Piketty's research and his recommendations for addressing income inequality.
The event is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 at Mandeville Auditorium on the UC San Diego campus and will be followed by a book signing.
Piketty's evening talk is preceded by a day-long symposium with scholars from UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, Cal Tech and Harvard.