Economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman present a blueprint for tax reform that can allow a more democratic and equal system to prevail. Blending history and economic analysis in their new book, The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay, Saez and Zucman offer a comprehensive review of America’s tax system, demonstrating how the ultra-rich pay less in taxes while working-class Americans have been asked to pay more.

After a presentation about the book, the authors engage in a discussion of its conclusions with a panel, including:

  • Lily Batchelder, NYU law professor and former deputy director of President Obama’s National Economic Council.
  • Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize–winning economist, New York Times columnist, Stone Center senior scholar and distinguished professor at The Graduate Center.
  • Janet Gornick, panel moderator, professor of political science and sociology at The Graduate Center and director of the Stone Center.



The talk was presented on October 23, 2019 and is part of the series “The Promise and Perils of Democracy.” For more information about GC events, visit: