Income Inequality: New Trends and Research Directions

Posted: 14 Oct 2010

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Leslie McCall

Northwestern University

Christine Percheski

Princeton University - Office of Population Research (OPR)

Date Written: August 2010

Abstract

Rising income inequality from the mid-1990s to the present was characterized by rapid income growth among top earners and new patterns of employment and income pooling across families and households. Research on economic inequality expanded from a more narrow focus on wage inequalities and labor markets to other domains including incentive pay, corporate governance, income pooling and family formation, social and economic policy, and political institutions. We review and provide a critical discussion of recent research in these new domains and suggest areas where sociological research may provide new insight into the character and causes of contemporary income inequality.

Suggested Citation

McCall, Leslie and Percheski, Christine, Income Inequality: New Trends and Research Directions (August 2010). Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 36, pp. 329-347, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1691317 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.soc.012809.102541

Leslie McCall (Contact Author)

Northwestern University ( email )

2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

Christine Percheski

Princeton University - Office of Population Research (OPR) ( email )

200 Wallace Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544
United States

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