In a contribution relevant to both our features on inequality and interdisciplinarity, Kim Weeden and David Grusky examine how tendencies to analyze inequality within disciplinary frames may make it difficult to address key questions about the forms that inequality takes across societies. The authors, who direct centers on inequality at Cornell and Stanford, respectively, focus principally on the assumptions and measurement strategies of economics and sociology and provide suggestions on how these fields can collaborate to provide a deeper understanding of how inequality is structured and how it changes.
Kim A. Weeden
Kim A. Weeden is the Jan Rock Zubrow '77 Professor of the Social Sciences, chair of the Department of Sociology, and director of the Center for the Study of Inequality at Cornell University. Her research investigates the institutional sources of rising income inequality, the impact of students' social background and environment on their aspirations and educational decisions, trends in the gender gap in wages and motherhood wage penalty, gender segregation across fields of study, and changes in the class structure. Her research has appeared in American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, European Sociological Review, Sociology of Education, Demography, and other leading US and European journals. She is a founding editor of Sociological Science, a peer-reviewed, nonprofit, open-access journal devoted to advancing a general understanding of social processes.