Browse research articles and other publications on the causes and consequences of inequality by Stone Centre researchers, our affiliate scholars, and other authors we want to bring to your attention. See also linked education materials.
This study builds a unified non-parametric approach to predicting the unequal effects of trade shocks through both channels based on detailed microdata on spending and employment from the United States.
Group inequalityView all of this topic
Using a database of four decades of research from 1960, this study finds that economics lags far behind the disciplines of sociology and political science in publishing research related to racial differences.
MobilityView all of this topic
This study assesses who would lose and who would gain from stricter immigration policies across different local labor markets, taking into account changes in wages, housing prices and internal migration responses.
NetworksView all of this topic
This paper explores cases in which people are connected via social and economic networks and how these affect the equilibrium degree of inequality among the network participants.
This research addresses the question of how vaccines should be allocated to best effect in terms of societal welfare when individuals interact in a social network through which an infectious disease can be transmitted.
InstitutionsView all of this topic
The optimal tax system amplifies the redistributive effects of prices rather than offsetting them, and that this amplification is stronger when we consider the endogenous response of markets.
This research brings new individual level data on union membership in the US collected from Gallup public opinion polls going back to the 1930s to answer the question of the causal effect of unions on inequality.
InnovationView all of this topic
How does technological change affect wealth accumulation and inequality of total (i.e. labour and capital) income over time? This paper focuses on automation – a capital intensive form of technological change.
This study uses lab experiments to investigate whether the introduction of a universal basic income leads to lower worker effort and productivity when automation (e.g. by robots) creates unemployment.
IdentityView all of this topic
This research uses lab experiments to find out whether common values, including equality, enhance cohesion in a society.
LabourView all of this topic
A rapidly growing number of US cities have decided to set local minimum wages. Are minimum wages set at city level a good idea? This study examines the main trade-offs emerging from the local variation in minimum wage policies.
EducationView all of this topic
Addressing the problem of how to close the gap in university participation between rich and poor students, this paper shows that providing correct information about their university admission chances when introducing preferential admissions can lead to a pool of college entrants that is better-prepared.
MeasurementView all of this topic
Inference for ranks with applications to mobility across neighborhoods and academic achievement across countries
By providing confidence sets for ranks, this paper addresses the problem that rankings, for example, of neighborhoods in the US according to intergenerational mobility can be more or less informative.
A glitch with the standard algorithm stimulated a broader question: Is there an inequality measure that both captures how people experience economic disparities and independently of the number of wealth holders, is not downward-biased?
Business cyclesView all of this topic
By generating persistent movements in wealth and income inequality in an economy where rich and poor hold very different portfolios of assets, this research shows that business cycles play an important role in the evolution of inequality over long historical periods.