Wealth in America
Trends in Wealth Inequality
By (author) Lisa A. Keister
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Wealth in America by Lisa A. Keister
Book DescriptionWealth ownership in the United States has always 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 little attention from social scientists. Keister synthesizes theory and data from various sources to present a picture of househould wealth distribution from 1962 to 1995. Utilizing existing survey data and a unique simulation model, she 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. She identifies trends in wealth mobility that are not possible to estimate with traditional research methods. 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521627511
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lisa A. Keister
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Inequality, Hardback (January 2012)
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Faith and Money, Paperback (September 2011)
This book explores the way religious orientations and beliefs affect Americans' incomes, savings and net worth.
Getting Rich, Hardback (June 2005)» View all books by Lisa A. Keister
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