WHY DON’T AMERiCANS CARE ABOUT INEQUALITY

Why Don’t Americans Care about Inequality? Lisa A. Keister WealthInequality.org There is no question that inequality is extreme in the United States, and some groups are clearly much worse off than others (Collins and Hoxie 2015, Keister 2014, McCall and Percheski 2010, Piketty 2013). There are also some individuals and groups —social activists, some academics—who…

IS THE ONE PERCENT PERMEABLE?

What does it take to be in the top? The answer is different for top income & top net worth positions. Ascribed and Achieved Traits in Top Incomes, Top Net Worth, and Both It is well-known that the one percent control disproportionate quantities of income and net worth, but knowledge about who occupies these top…

REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS AMONG THE SUPER RICH

Real Estate Holdings among the Super Rich Richard A. Benton Lisa A. Keister Hang Young Lee Real estate is an important, but understudied, component of the portfolios of the super-rich. Throughout much of history, land ownership has played an important role in determining who is at the top of the wealth distribution, and contemporary patterns…

RELIGION AND ATTAINMENT

Religion and attainment are clearly linked. This paper provides a synthetic model that includes religion as both a background and a mediating component to explain its relationship with outcomes like income and wealth. Abstract Religion is an important determinant of social and economic attainment, but the mechanisms that underlie this relationship are not well understood. Early scholars…

RELIGION AND INEQUALITY: THE ROLE OF STATUS ATTAINMENT AND SOCIAL BALANCE PROCESSES

The relationship between religion and inequality is inherently multilevel. This paper draws on attainment ideas to develop a micro-model and ideas from social balance theory to aggregate the model’s outcomes. The synthesis of ideas from these theoretical traditions provides a unique, and potentially useful way to understand the relationship between cultural orientation and material resources.