Wealth Trends

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.

Related Books and Papers

Getting Rich by Lisa KeisterLisa A. Keister. 2005. Getting Rich: America’s New Rich and How They Got That Way. Cambridge University Press.

Wealth in America by Lisa KeisterLisa A. Keister. 2000. Wealth in America. Cambridge University Press.

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.

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REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS AMONG THE SUPER RICH

Real estate ownership might be a path to top income & net worth positions.

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THE ONE PERCENT IN SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH

Unique asset and debt behaviors characterize those at the top of the income and net worth distributions

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ENDURING ADVANTAGES

Chinese and Indian immigrants to the U.S. have high wealth among immigrants, but there is considerable within-group heterogeneity.

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SHARING THE WEALTH: THE EFFECT OF SIBLINGS ON ADULTS’ WEALTH OWNERSHIP

Siblings are associated with adult wealth ownership. This paper explores why.

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WHO ARE THE ONE PERCENT?

The one percent by income and by wealth are often discussed as a single group, but these advantaged households are unique from each other and from other Americans both financially and demographically….

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THE DOUBLE RICH

Top income earners and top wealth owners are attracting considerable attention recently, but there is an even more elite group at the top of both distributions: the double rich.

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WEALTH INEQUALITY IN THE UNITED STATES

  This overview of wealth inequality patterns underscores the need for greater attention to asset ownership and debts.

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LIFESTYLES AND SAVING

The way we spend our money says a lot about our preferences, structural position, priorities. That is, spending says a lot about lifestyle. Lifestyles, in turn, are associated with saving.

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RACE, FAMILY STRUCTURE, AND WEALTH

Racial differences in wealth ownership can be partially traced to childhood family structure.

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