Lucas Chancel is an economist, specialized in inequality and in environmental policy. His work focuses on the measurement of economic inequality, its interactions with sustainable development and on the implementation of social and ecological policies. 

Lucas is Co-Director of the World Inequality Lab at the Paris Scool of Economics (PSE) and affiliate professor at Sciences Po. He is also a an associate researcher at PSE and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations. (Link to Curriculum Vitae)


Recent papers

Translation of an updated version of "Insoutenables inégalités" (Les Petits Matins, 2017).

Blanchet, T., Chancel, L., and Gethin, A. (2020). WID.world Working Papers 2020/19

[New] Towards a System of Distributional National Accounts: Methods and Global Inequality Estimates from WID.world.

Alvaredo, F., Chancel, L., Piketty, T., Saez, E. & Zucman, G. (2020). Economie et Statistique / Economics and Statistics, 517‑518‑519, 41–59

Forthcoming in "Combating Inequality: Rethinking Policies to Reduce Inequality in Advanced Economies" (eds. O. Blanchard, D. Rodrik), MIT Press, 2021. [WID.world Working Paper]

[New] Towards Distributional National and Environmental Accounts

Statistical Journal of the IAOS, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 597-605, 2020

WID.World Issue Brief 2020/20

Chancel, L. and Piketty, T., (2019) Review of Income and Wealth, 65(1).

The elephant curve of global inequality and growth

with Facundo Alvaredo, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman. American Economic Association P&P (108) 2018.

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New book!


"Unsustainable inequalities: social justice and the environment"

Harvard University Press

Financial Times' selection of Best books of 2020 in economics

Nature's selection of weekly best Science books

"Sobering but essential"

Science Magazine

"An original perspective on two of our most significant contemporary challenges"

Martin Wolf, Financial Times

"A must-read"

Thomas Piketty


October 16, 2019

Introduction to the "Combating Inequality: Rethinking Policies to Reduce Inequality in Advanced Economies" conference in Washington D.C.

March 27, 2019

Measuring inequality in the 21st Century - and what to do about it | Symposium at the UNDP headquarters

Intervention at the IMF - 6th Annual statistical Forum

June 09, 2018

Intervention at the Global Media Forum: "Unsustainable inequality: from measurement to policy"

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October 27, 2019

LCI chronicle "To address global social unrest, we must change the economic system"

[video] (in French)

November 19, 2018

Interview on France Culture on inequality and environmental crises

Interview on TV5Monde, Lemonde.fr and RFI on inequality, climate change and Europe

Op-ed written with Thomas Piketty on the Indian inequality debate.

September 07, 2017

Interview with Indian daily "The Hindu" on our latest paper "Indian income inequality dynamics, 1922-2014: From British to Billionaire Raj", written with T. Piketty.

June 08, 2017

In French: "Trump sur le climat: une décision de classe au nom d'une autre". Tribune parue dans Le Monde du 9 juin 2017. 

January 23, 2017

In French: "Pour un revenu universel crédible et audacieux". Tribune co-signée par Antoine Bozio, Julia Cagé, Dominique Méda, Antoine Bozio, Thomas Breda, Julia Cagé, Lucas Chancel, Elise Huillery, Camille Landais, Dominique Méda, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez et Tancrède Voituriez.

In French: "Inégalités: passer de la mesure à l'action". Tribune parue dans le journal "Le Monde" sur les inégalités et les Objectifs du Développement Durable.

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 Lucas Chancel