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Brahmin Left vs Merchant Right:

Rising Inequality and the Changing Structure of Political Conflict

(Evidence from France, Britain and the US, 1948-2017)

Thomas Piketty

March 2018 (revised May 2019)


WID.word Working Paper 2018/7

Short version (2019)

Presentations slides

Figures and Tables

Data Appendix

Revised & extended version: Brahmin Left vs Merchant Right: Changing Political Cleavages in 21 Western Democracies 1948-2020, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2022, vol.137(1), p.1-48 (with A. Gethin, C. Martinez-Toledano) (WID WP 2021/15) (see also the World Political Cleavages and Inequality Database)