Kus, B. (2016). Wealth Inequality: Historical Trends and Cross-National Differences: Wealth Inequality. Sociology Compass, 10(6), 518-529. doi:10.1111/soc4.12378
This article provides an overview of the recent literature on wealth inequality from a comparative and historical perspective. I first discuss how the stock, composition, and distribution of wealth changed from the 18th century onwards. In the second part of the paper, I move on to the causal questions: What factors drive wealth inequality? Why does the distribution of wealth vary across nations? In the third and concluding section I briefly discuss the socio-political challenges posed by increasing wealth inequality, and identify several key questions for research going forward.