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14.06.2016

Joint MPIfG-MaxPo Workshop on Inequality and the Wealth-Credit-Housing Nexus

In April 2016, a joint workshop held in Paris by the MPIfG and MaxPo focused on "Inequality: The Wealth-Credit-Housing Nexus and Its Political Consequences." The workshop organizers, Jens Beckert and Tod Van Gunten from the MPIfG and Olivier Godechot from MaxPo, wanted to shed light on an intriguing aspect of the debate on income and wealth inequality sparked recently by Thomas Piketty in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century: they invited sociologists, economists, and political scientists to talk about how wealth, credit, debt, and housing influence each other and contribute to growing socioeconomic inequality. One result of the workshop was the realization that social scientists need to classify and quantify the extent of this inequality and the numerous forms it takes. Why there has been so little popular resistance to increasing social inequality remains a disturbing mystery for the social sciences.
 

 
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