Capital for the 21st Century

About the Book

Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty‐​First Century has enjoyed great success and provides a new theory about wealth and inequality. However, there have been major criticisms of his work. Anti‐​Piketty: Capital for the 21st Century collects key criticisms from 20 specialists—economists, historians, and tax experts—who provide rigorous arguments against Piketty’s work while examining the notions of inequality, growth, wealth, and capital.

Praise for Anti‐​Piketty

“Economic problems are complex, and too often, people content themselves with superficial analysis, more or less biased by ideological prejudices. Even economists can fall in that trap, as in the case of Thomas Piketty, as the authors in this volume argue. Anti‐​Piketty, written by outstanding economists, cogently evaluates Thomas Piketty’s work by using rigorous scientific methods and should be widely read, especially by those interested in the debate on inequality.”
─Pascal Salin, Honorary Professor of Economics, Paris‐​Dauphine University, and Former President of the Mont Pèlerin Society

Anti‐​Piketty: Capital for the 21st Century calls a famous book to account for its ambiguities and weak arguments. This book is eminently readable and precise and will be of value to laymen and professional economists. It is superb!”
─Douglas B. Rasmussen, Professor of Philosophy, St. John’s University

Anti‐​Piketty brings together many of the best criticisms of Thomas Piketty that can be offered from an economic, statistical, and political economy perspective. Given the great appeal of Piketty’s narrative, I hope that Anti‐​Piketty attracts many readers who thereby learn about the power of economic reasoning and careful statistical analysis to set the record straight about the nature of capitalism.”
─Peter Boettke, Professor of Economics and Philosophy, George Mason University

About the Editors

Jean‐​Philippe Delsol is a tax lawyer, doctor of law, and president of the Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal Issues. He regularly publishes articles in the French economic press.
Nicolas Lecaussin is director of the Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal Issues (IREF), a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), founder of Entrepreneur Junior, and author of multiple books.
Emmanuel Martin is an economist. He writes on current affairs and public policy for Geopolitical Intelligence Services and IREF, and in Francophone and international newspapers and magazines. He is the former director of the Institute for Economic Studies – Europe, an educational think tank based in Paris. He was the founder of LibreAfrique​.org, a project of the Cato Institute and Atlas Network.