Income inequality: New trends and research directions

Leslie McCall*, Christine Percheski

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-347
Number of pages19
JournalAnnual Review of Sociology
StatePublished - 2010


  • compensation
  • distribution
  • family formation
  • political institutions
  • redistribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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