Next ACDC meeting: Rob de Lange on Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, 22 March 2016, 15:30-17:00, PC Hoofthuis

Dear colleagues,

We kindly invite you to attend the next ACDC meeting. Dr. Rob de Lange, retired researcher at both University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, will give a talk on Thomas Piketty’s famous work on Capital in the 21st Century, followed by a discussion.

  • DATE: March 22, 2016
  • TIME: 15:30-17:00
  • PLACE: UvA, PC HOOFTHUIS, Spuistraat 134, 1012 VB Amsterdam, room 6.25


In 2014, the English translation of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century caused quite a stir. Together with his international teams of economists, Piketty showed that inequality in developed societies had grown dramatically during the last quarter of the twentieth century, after a steady decline in the first three quarters of the century. The present level of social inequality has again reached the level of around 1900. In these economical analyses, inequality mainly refers to inequality in income and capital. The present generations may still remember the reconstruction after the Second World War, the economic boom, the leveling of income and the catch phrase ‘distribution of knowledge, income and power!’. But this discourse seems to have ended.

Because of Piketty’s thorough quantitative work and the fact that his study includes twelve countries and, in some cases, 200 years, his work hit like a bomb. Piketty was not the first, nor was he the only one to address this issue insistently. Gradually, a small library has been produced around this subject: Stiglitz, Reich, Krugman, Atkinson, Standing, Wacquant, Rifkin, Putnam, to mention just a few.
Some of them put different emphases, but the overall narrative remains the same. Some of these different emphases will be presented during this lecture.


During his working life, Dr Rob de Lange was working as a lecturer and researcher at the Utrecht University, the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and the University of Amsterdam. Among others, he was active in the fields of the Sociology of Education, Ethnic Studies, Communication Science, Deaf Studies, Research Methods and Statistics.

RSVP in view of drinks & snacks: Nicolina Montesano Montessori
Kind regards,

The ACDC conveners,

Bertie Kaal, Nicolina Montesano Montessori, Steve Oswald, Julian Albadejo Suárez, Neil Thompson

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