Note: 5 pm CET / 8 am PST
We are happy to welcome economist Gabriel Zucman in our third #ZEWBookTalk, who will present his latest book “The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay” written in collaboration with Emmanuel Saez. The two Berkeley-based economists revolutionised the study of inequality. They argue that declining top marginal tax rates are the primary driver behind current levels of income equality. Eschewing anecdotes and case studies, Zucman, who has also advised the likes of Bernie Sanders and Elisabeth Warren, offers a comprehensive view of America’s tax system, based on new statistics covering all taxes paid at all levels of government. Their conclusion? For the first time in over a century, billionaires now pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. With clarity and concision, they explain how America turned away from the most progressive tax system in history to embrace policies that only serve to compound the wealth of a few.
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Gabriel Zucman, born in Paris in 1986, is one of the best-known economists working on wealth inequality and tax justice.
He is associate professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center on Wealth and Income Inequality. He obtained his PhD from the Paris School of Economics and taught at the London School of Economics before joining the Berkeley faculty in 2015. In 2019, he was awarded the Bernácer Prize and a Sloan Research Fellowship. He received the Excellence Award in Global Economic Affairs from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in 2017, and the Best Young French Economist Prize awarded by Le Monde and le Cercle des Économistes in 2018.
Zucman is the author of articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Public Economics, and of two books. His research focuses on the accumulation, distribution, and taxation of global wealth and has renewed the analysis of the macro-distributional implications of globalisation. He also made a name for himself as a political advisor to Bernie Sanders and Elisabeth Warren.