Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It (Paperback)Mariko Lin Chang (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 226
Weight: 298 g
Dimensions: 234 x 155 x 15 mm
A huge gap in the burgeoning literature on wealth and inequality has been the role of gender. Thank heavens for Mariko Chang's Shortchanged which fills in this gap and then some. By deftly combining qualitative and quantitative analysis of why and how women suffer from a staggering asset gap, this fine book throws down a gauntlet for gender scholars to reassess their prevailing models of household inequality. * Dalton Conley, Dean for the Social Science and University Professor, New York University, and author of Elsewhere, U.S.A. *
Shortchanged brings gender into the wealth conversation. This insightful analysis pushes our thinking about gender equality beyond equal pay and workplace issues to structures and policies creating a profound gender wealth gap. Any understanding of opportunities and inequality in the United States, thanks to Mariko Chang, now must include the relationship between wealth and gender. * Thomas M. Shapiro, Director of Institute on Assets and Social Policy, Brandeis University *
Shortchanged is a very readable, enlightening, and provocative study on an extremely important issue-the gender wealth gap. Whereas the vast majority of studies on gender differences focus on labor earnings, income, or jobs, this is one of the first works to broaden the topic to include family wealth. Chang makes clear the gender wealth gap is a more meaningful measure of inequality that far exceeds these other dimensions. * Edward Wolff, Professor of Economics, New York University *
Shortchanged provides a comprehensive account of the gender wealth gap, highlighting its causes and consequences and proposing solutions to improve women's economic well-being. Chang'smain contributions are twofold. First, she presents a thorough documentation of the wealth gap between men and women-a comparison not available anywhere else. Second, she identifies the underlying mechanisms that are responsible for the gender wealth gap... Thanks to current events like the Great Recession and the Occupy movement, Chang's account arrives on the scene at a time of heightened concern about wealth. Given its compelling and timely subject matter, accessible style, and theoretical insights, this book is ideal for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of wealth inequality. * American Journal of Sociology *
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