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08/01 Does housing wealth contribute to wealth inequality? A tale of two New Yorks - Guillaume Allègre, Xavier Timbeau
In Capital in the 21st century (hereafter Capital), Thomas Piketty points out the risk of a concentration of wealth in the twenty-first century that would threaten the social justice and meritocratic values of our democratic societies. The main force of divergence is due to the fact that net returns on capital (r) are expected to be greater than the growth of the economy (g), or: “r>g”. According to Piketty, this will lead to two undesirable consequences: firstly, wealth will have a tendency to concentrate in the hands of a few; secondly, constituted wealth will tend to dominate accumulated wealth from labour: “the past devours the future”...

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