French economist Thomas Piketty caused a sensation in early 2014 with his book on a simple, brutal formula explaining economic inequality: r > g (meaning that return on capital is generally higher than economic growth). Here, he talks through the massive data set that led him to conclude: Economic inequality is not new, but it is getting worse, with radical possible impacts.

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With deposit rates this low, it's obvious why people are starting to invest in the stock market for better return on capital.

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Thomas Piketty’s new book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” argues that worsening inequality is an inevitable outcome of free market capitalism, as returns on capital outstrip returns on labor.

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