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Rising Inequalities

September 10, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Thomas Piketty and Joseph Stiglitz talk about rising inequalities. With French journalist Sylvie Kauffmann as moderator

Are widening inequalities and the wealth gap at a tipping point? Join Thomas Piketty and Joseph Stiglitz in a transatlantic dialogue on the COVID-19 pandemic and global economic insecurities, racial disparities and protests, the weakening of democracy, and the U.S. presidential election. Their conversation will explore the implications of these converging crises and opportunities for change.

This live virtual conversation will be moderated by French journalist Sylvie Kauffmann and held in English.  A French translation of the filmed discussion will be made available after the event at www.maisonfrancaise.org.

This event is co-presented by the Columbia University Maison FrançaiseLe Monde news group, and Columbia Global Centers | Paris.  It is co-sponsored at Columbia by the Institute for Ideas & Imagination, the School of Journalism, the Department of Economics Program for Economic Research, the Institute for Policy Dialogue, the Alliance Program, the European Institute, the Committee on Global Thought, SIPA, and Columbia Libraries.


Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a University Professor at Columbia University. A recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), he is a former chief economist of the World Bank and a former member and chairman of the (U.S. president’s) Council of Economic Advisers. He is the author of numerous books, several bestsellers, and many news articles. His most recent book titles are People, Power, and Profits: Rewriting the Rules of the European EconomyGlobalization and Its Discontents Revisited; The Euro; and Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy.

Thomas Piketty is a French economist who is Professor of Economics at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Associate Chair at the Paris School of Economics and Centennial Professor of Economics in the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics. He is the author of the international best-selling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013), which focuses on wealth and income inequality in Europe and the United States. His book Capital and Ideology, published in English translation by Harvard University Press in 2020, exposes the ideas that have sustained inequality for the past millennium, reveals why the politics of right and left are failing us today, and outlines the structure of a fairer economic system. Thomas Piketty is also co-director of the World Inequality Lab and the World Inequality Database, and one of initiators of the Manifesto for the Democratization of Europe.

Sylvie Kauffmann is editorial director and columnist for the French newspaper Le Monde and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. Kauffmann joined Le Monde as Moscow correspondent in 1987 and later Eastern and Central Europe correspondent from 1988 to 1993. She worked in the United States, first as Washington correspondent and then, from 1996 to 2001, as New York bureau chief. Kauffmann was appointed deputy chief editor of Le Monde in 2003 and covered Southeast Asia as reporter-in-large from 2006 to 2009. In 2010-2011, she was Le Monde’s first female editor-in chief.


September 10
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
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