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Top Incomes in France in the Twentieth Century

Inequality and Redistribution, 1901–1998

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674737693

Publication Date: 05/07/2018


1280 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 halftone, 44 graphs, 127 tables

Belknap Press


In light of Piketty’s history, every part of Hayek’s argument now looks doubtful… The tremendous amount of data he gathers and analyzes (from tax rates to the price of butter) point to unavoidable conclusions. High taxes on income and inheritances can keep inequality in check, or even make it fall… Inequality is not incomprehensible or uncontrollable. It is the result of political decisions… Piketty makes clear, at great length, exactly what would stem the tide.—Paul W. Gleason, Pacific Standard

A door-stopping work of economic history.Kirkus Reviews

Thomas Piketty’s Top Incomes in France in the Twentieth Century is in many ways a precursor to his famous Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a pioneering book in the methodological sense with empirical analysis that provides the core around which political and economic developments in France are woven and discussed.—Branko Milanovic, City University of New York

Top Incomes in France is simply unavoidable for anyone wanting to understand the historical evolution of inequality in France, and it is the groundwork without which Capital would be nonexistent.—Camille Landais, London School of Economics and Political Science

Top Incomes in France in the Twentieth Century provides an important, detailed, and analytically insightful discussion of the political and legislative history of taxation in France. This book will be of tremendous value to all those interested in issues of social justice, inequality, taxation, and the evolution of capitalism.—Martin O’Neill, University of York

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