Wealth, Poverty and Capital

French economist Thomas Piketty has been received like a rock star in full theatres around the world; Why has his book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century struck a chord worldwide?

Organisator Studium Generale

di 28 april 2015 20:00

Locatie Impulse

Rarely is the author of a 685 page book about macroeconomics received like a rock star in full theatres around the world. French economist Thomas Piketty’s, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has struck a chord worldwide. Why? What makes this book so important? Join Studium Generale to put Piketty’s thesis into perspective with a tour of the historical dynamics of inequality at the global level, accumulation and social stability as well as the idea of capital and the quality of life.

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century - Rethinking Wealth, Poverty and Capital

Capital. What is it? Or better said, what isn’t it? Prof. Arjo Klamer’s provocative stance on his fellow economists’ fixation on money will make you rethink how you understand the concepts of wealth and poverty. This Erasmus University  (Rotterdam) scholar will take Piketty’s thesis and launch it into innovative directions with the question, what’s next? Does Piketty’s work place us on the eve of reinventing economics? And what could that look like if the question of redistribution became infused with new ideas about value and the quality of life? Join Studium Generale to stretch your understanding of wealth, poverty and capital across disciplines which reframe your reference for economy.

Arjo Klamer is professor of the Economics of Art and Culture at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and holds the world's only chair in the field of cultural economics. Prior to that and after acquiring his PhD at Duke University, he taught for many years at several universities in the US, including Wellesley College and George Washington University.  In 1984, he attracted a great deal of attention with his Conversations with Economists. In his latest book, Speaking of Economics (Routledge, 2007), he pursues themes that emerged from that book. He has collaborated with Deirdre McCloskey to promote the rhetorical perspective on economics. The Economic Conversation, a textbook forthcoming in 2008 (Palgrave)and co-authored with McCloskey and Stephen Ziliak employs a ground-breaking "open-method" approach to teaching first-year micro- and macroeconomics.  His current research focuses on the cultural dimension of economic life and the values of art.