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May 19, 2014

Summers’s Review of Piketty Draws Wide Praise

Lawrence H. Summers’s review of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, released last week in a preview of the upcoming Summer Issue, has received widespread commentary and acclaim.

Bloomberg View cites Summers’s piece as an exception to the ideologically predictable reviews that have met the book so far. Jared Bernstein, former chief economic adviser to the Vice President, analyzed the review, calling “very insightful.” Greg Mankiw, Harvard economics professor called it “One of the best reviews of the book I have seen.” Tyler Cowen cited it as a “very good review of Piketty.” And Brad DeLong of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth listed it as a “Morning Must-Read.”

You can read the original review here.

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Are we all reading the same commentary? A quick review of the comments section shows far more criticism than support for Summer's review.

May 20, 2014, 8:55 AM
aidian holder:

Perhaps the most common reaction I've seen is something along the lines of "Who actually cares what Larry Summers thinks about anything?"

In a just world, Summers would be out looking for work, having been blackballed in academia, government, and economics.

May 30, 2014, 2:46 PM
Bill Anderson:

Unsurprising. We aint seen nothing yet. Wait for Gilens and Page. A troubled plutocracy cannot welcome argument based on facts. And Pitketty is a foreigner.

Jun 20, 2014, 9:01 AM

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