On Tuesday 21 May 2024, the World Inequality Lab will invite BRANKO MILANOVIC to present and discuss his latest book Visions of Inequality: from the French Revolution to the end of the Cold War, at Paris School of Economics.


17:30 – 18:00 – Presentation by Branko Milanovic

18:00 – 18:30 – Discussion with:

18:30-19:00 – Q&A with the audience




“How do you see income distribution in your time, and how and why do you expect it to change?” That is the question Branko Milanovic imagines posing to six of history’s most influential economists: François Quesnay, Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, Vilfredo Pareto, and Simon Kuznets. Probing their works in the context of their lives, he charts the evolution of thinking about inequality, showing just how much views have varied among ages and societies. Indeed, Milanovic argues, we cannot speak of “inequality” as a general concept: any analysis of it is inextricably linked to a particular time and place.

Branko Milanovic is a Research Professor at the Graduate Center at City University of New York (CUNY), Senior Scholar at the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality at CUNY, and Visiting Professor at the International Inequalities Institute at LSE. Milanovic’s main area of work is income inequality, in individual countries and globally, including in pre-industrial societies.



Practical information

📅 Tuesday 21 May, 17:30 – 19:00 (doors open 17:00)

📍 Amphitheatre Daniel Cohen, Paris School of Economics, 48 Boulevard Jourdan, Paris 14e (in person, NO livestream).

🎙 The conference will be held in English

🖊️ To register, click here.

This event is part of the Equality Debates series organized by the World Inequality Lab. Equality Debates feature the presentation of a new social science book, followed by a discussion with the audience.



Alice Fauvel, Communications Manager: alice.fauvel@psemail.eu