Having looked into our own review of Capital, and discussed some of the common misconceptions of the book, now is the time to allow a bit more perspective. Here are a bunch of other reviews of Capital in the 21st Century that I have hunted down. There is no way I’m saying I agree with all the reviews here – as if I did, my opinions would constantly contradict! Instead, I just want as broad a range of views here as possible.
There is no particular order, but it appears that the more critical ones are ‘on average’ at the top. This is because they turned up later, and I tended to add things near the top of the list as I was too lazy to scroll down 🙂
Matt Rognlie comments. Very useful points here!
Noah Smith. Linking it to technology.
Brad Delong. Talking about the different r’s that we need to consider when thinking about these issues. Note: This Delong discussion of critiques is very good. More Delong – I am going to recommend reading all his posts from around this point in time so I don’t have to keep linking him …
Thomas Palley. Interesting argument regarding how economics will use the book. Not sure I agree, but thought provoking.
A discussion by the translator Arthur Goldhammer.
Not a review but related – subsides for the rich?
Related but separate – forecasts for 100 years out.
Also related – mobility wrt the 1%.
Noah Smith reviews Tyler Cowen’s reviews. An interesting point, but I don’t really agree – my view is that Tyler is being critical as he felt Piketty was only given “part” of the argument/results in his book, and as a result the trade-offs were not clear. I may think this because that is my view of the book though.