Research Group on Wealth and Social Inequality

The Research Group on Wealth and Social Inequality will begin in fall 2020 at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. It is funded by the Leibniz Prize awarded to Jens Beckert.

The research group will conduct a number of projects exploring the development of wealth distribution, the influence of great wealth on politics and society, the role of foundations, processes of inheritance, the mechanisms of wealth preservation (and destruction), and the expectations and attitudes of high net worth individuals. Research on the role played by the family in the reproduction of great wealth as well as in our understanding of the development of today’s capitalist economic and social orders will be central to the projects.

The group is currently being established. A first doctoral project and a habilitation project are already underway, and the Wealth in Germany: Structures, Continuities, and Fractures subproject is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral social scientist with expertise in quantitative research for the beginning of 2021.

In due course, further doctoral and habilitation projects will be developed, investigating other questions of interest in the field of private wealth. The research focus of the projects will lie in sociology as well as political science, with a particular emphasis on historical lines of development. The projects may embrace quantitative or qualitative research designs and include comparative studies of different countries.


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