There are significant variations in who owns wealth and why over time. These papers and books explore patterns in wealth ownership, rates of accumulation, wealth mobility, and the resulting trends in wealth inequality that result.
Gender and Wealth
Gender and family dynamics are at the core of movement into the super-rich, a group that consists predominately of heterosexual married couples. These papers explore the role of family processes in how couples get rich.
Because wealth is an important measure of financial well-being and economic incorporation, understanding the wealth ownership patterns of immigrant groups and their American-born children could provide important insight into both trends in wealth ownership and immigrant incorporation.
Spending is a critical—but understudied—factor associated with wealth accumulation. These papers look at how consumption shapes wealth outcomes.
Wealth and health are closely connected. These papers explore the nature of this relationship and the mechanisms that account for the connection.
Religion and Wealth
There is a growing literature that shows that a person’s approach to the world – their cultural orientation – is associated with their finances.