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Wealth in America : Trends in Wealth Inequality - Lisa A. Keister

Wealth in America

Trends in Wealth Inequality

Hardcover Published: 19th June 2000
ISBN: 9780521621687
Number Of Pages: 320

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Wealth ownership in the United States has long been concentrated in the hands of a small minority of the population. Because of scarce data on wealth ownership, the nature of wealth ownership distribution and knowledge about wealth inequality has received relatively little attention from social scientists. Keister synthesizes theory and data from various sources to present a detailed picture of household wealth distribution from 1962-1995. Utilizing existing survey data and a unique simulation model, the author isolates and examines processes that create this distribution, paying particular attention to the wealth ownership and accumulation of top wealth holders, those who control the bulk of household wealth. The results underscore the importance of wealth as an indicator of well-being, identify important causes of wealth inequality, and propose methods of lessening the recent increase in the concentration of wealth.

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'Wealth in America will fill an important gap in the recent literature on inequality in America. Given the growing interest of academic economists, as well as journalists in the issue of rising inequality in America, this book is very timely and will command a wide interest in the subject. Wealth in America is extremely well written and accessible to a wide audience - over and above academic economists and sociologists.' Edward Wolff, New York University 'Keister presents a longitudinal study of inequality of wealth in the US, which is remarkable because there are no published data on changes in wealth inequality. She does so by creating a simulated model of changes in the distribution of wealth derived from cross-sectional and short-range panel studies. Everyone knows or suspects that there is a great deal of inequality in this country, but Keister's data surprisingly proves that it is greater than we have suspected.' Peter M. Blau, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 'Lisa Keister has produced a profoundly interesting, soundly researched, and significant book on household wealth accumulation and distribution in America. Her findings will interest the general, educated public as well as instructors and students of the American economy and society.' Thomas Shapiro, Northeastern University '... it is Lisa Keister's merit to have tackled an issue, the distribution of wealth among people, which has received far less attention than it deserves. Her book is informative and raises a number of important policy questions ...'. Journal of Economics (Zeitschrift fur Nationalokonomie)

Wealth and inequality
Measuring trends in wealth inequality
Wealth Distribution
Who owns what? the changing distribution of wealth
The rich and their wealth
The rest of the distribution: the middle class and poor
Are Americans getting richer?
Wealth Accumulation
The impact of social and economic trends on inequality
Families and wealth inequality
Wealth mobility
Conclusions and implications
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ISBN: 9780521621687
ISBN-10: 0521621682
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 19th June 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 16.08  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.54

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