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KAFP 3945 - Global inequality and sustainability

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 40

Language of tuition : English


Bachelor level courses in economics, political science and public policy are preferable.

Course Description

Economic inequality and environmental degradation are among the greatest policy challenges of our time. Properly understanding global inequality trends and drivers, as well as their interactions with environmental degradation, is key to transit towards sustainable societies. This course seeks to equip students with the necessary conceptual, analytical and empirical knowledge on the global economic inequality and on its interactions with environmental sustainability to properly understand these issues and act upon them. The course will largely draw from the most recent research in the field of global economic inequality and in environmental sustainability.The course will largely be based on the World Inequality Report 2018 (Harvard University Press, 2018) and Insoutenables inégalités (Les Petits Matins, forthcoming at Harvard University Press) (See reading list below).


  • CHANCEL, Lucas (Coordinateur, World Inequality Report & chercheur associé (Paris School of Economics & IDDRI-Sciences Po))
  • DUCLOS, Mathilde (Doctorante)

Pedagogical format

The course is comprised of 11 lectures, some external speakers (researchers or profesionals working on global economic inequality) may also intervene.

Course validation

Mid-term quiz (30%) Final essay (70%)


Compulsory readings for each class detailed in the syllabus provided to students in the first class.

Required reading

Alvaredo, F., Chancel, L., Piketty, T., Saez, E., Zucman, G., World Inequality Report 2018, Harvard University Press, 2018 also available online at

Additional required reading

  • Chancel, L., Insoutenables inégalités (Unsustainable inequalities), Les Petits Matins, 2017 (forthcoming at Harvard University Press in English)
  • Piketty, T., Capital in the 21st century, Harvard University Press, 2014
  • Zucman, G., The Hidden Wealth of Nations, University of Chicago, 2015
  • Polanyi, K., The Great Transformation, 1944 (