Curriculum vitae
Born in Clichy (France) on May 7, 1971
Paris School of Economics. Campus Jourdan
48, boulevard Jourdan . 75014 Paris . France
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Short bio

Thomas Piketty is Professor at EHESS and at the Paris School of Economics. He is the author of numerous articles published in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, Explorations in Economic History, Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales, and of a dozen books. He has done major historical and theoretical work on the interplay between economic development, the distribution of income and wealth, and political conflict. In particular, he is the initiator of the recent literature on the long run evolution of top income shares in national income (now available in the World Inequality Database). These works have led to radically question the optimistic relationship between development and inequality posited by Kuznets, and to emphasize the role of political, social and fiscal institutions in the historical evolution of income and wealth distribution. He is also the author of the international best-seller Capital in the 21st century.

Current position

Professor at EHESS and at the Paris School of Economics

Training and positions
1989-1990 : M.Sc. in Mathematics at Ecole normale supérieure (ENS, Paris, France)
1990-1993 : PhD in Economics at EHESS and at LSE (European Doctoral Programme in Economics)
1993-1995 : Assistant Professor at MIT Economics Department
1995-2000 : Research Fellow at CNRS (Paris, France)
2000- : Professor (directeur d'études) at EHESS (Paris, France)
2007- : Professor at the Paris School of Economics
Other positions
1996-2012 : Co-editor of the Journal Public Economics
2000-2001 : Visiting Professor at MIT Economics Department
2002-2013 : Co-director of the Public Policy Programme at CEPR (London, UK)
2004-2006 : Director of the Department of social sciences at ENS
2004-2006 : Head of graduate programme "Analyse et politique économiques (APE)"
2005-2007 : Director of the Paris School of Economics
2011-2015 : Co-Director, World Top Incomes Database (WTID)
2013 : Prize "Yrjö Jahnsson" awarded by the European Economic Association
2015-2016 : Visiting Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics (part-time visiting position)
2015- : Co-Director, World Inequality Database ( and World Inequality Lab (WIL)