Lane Kenworthy

Lane Kenworthy is an American professor of sociology and political science. He has worked at the University of Arizona since 2004, being a full professor since 2007.[1] He is known for his statistical and analytic work on the economic effects of income and wealth distribution.[2] He currently teaches at the University of California, San Diego.[3]

He advocates incremental reforms to the U.S. welfare state in the direction of the social-democratic Nordic model, thereby increasing economic security and equal opportunity.[4]


Kenworthy was born in New York City and grew up in Atlanta. He received a B.A. in sociology from Harvard University in 1986 and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1993.[5] Kenworthy's dissertation was supervised by Joel Rogers, Erik Olin Wright, and Wolfgang Streeck.[6]

Kenworthy worked as assistant professor of sociology at Rochester Institute of Technology 1994–1995 and held the same position at East Carolina University 1995–2000. He worked as assistant professor at Emory University 2000–2004.[5] As of 2014, he is a professor of sociology and political science at the University of Arizona.[7]

Kenworthy played forward for the United States national youth soccer team.[8]

Income inequalityEdit

About income inequality, Kenworthy wrote:

As best I can tell from the available data, income inequality hasn't reduced economic growth. It hasn't hindered employment. It may or may not have played a role in fostering economic crises, including the Great Recession. It hasn't reduced income growth for poor households. [...] It may or may not have reduced equality of opportunity. [...] Income inequality has reduced middle-class household income growth. It very likely has increased disparities in education, health, and happiness in the United States. And it has reduced residential mixing in the U.S.[7]

Selected bibliographyEdit


  • In Search of National Economic Success (1995) Sage. ISBN 9780803971608
  • Egalitarian Capitalism: Jobs, Incomes, and Growth in Affluent Countries. (2004) Russell Sage Foundation. ISBN 9780871544513
  • Jobs with Equality (2008) Oxford University Press, USA ISBN 9780199550609
  • Progress for the Poor (2011) Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN 9780199591527[9]
  • Social Democratic America (2014) Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN 9780199322510[10][11][12][13][14]
  • Social Democratic Capitalism (2019) Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-006411-2



  1. ^ Norman Geras (2 May 2008) The normblog profile 241: Lane Kenworthy Normblog. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Lane Kenworthy, Prosperity, and the Infinite Forms of "Redistribution"". Asymptosis. 2014-04-19. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
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  4. ^ Kenworthy, Lane (February 2014). America's Social Democratic Future. Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2 February 2014. See also: Kenworthy, Lane (2014). Social Democratic America. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199322511
  5. ^ a b Lane Kenworthy University of Arizona. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  6. ^ Kenworthy, Lane (1995). In Search of National Economic Success: Balancing Competition and Cooperation. SAGE Publishing. p. vi. ISBN 978-0-8039-7160-8.
  7. ^ a b Porter, Eduardo (2014-03-25). "Q&A: A Sociologist on Inequality". New York Times: Economix Blog. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  8. ^ Lawrie Mifflin and Michael Katz (28 September 1982) SCOUTING; Ivy League Goal New York Times. Retrieved 9 January 2014
  9. ^ "Progress for the Poor by Lane Kenworthy". Goodreads. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  10. ^ Dylan Matthews (January 2014). This sociologist has a plan to make America more like Sweden The Washington Post.
  11. ^ "SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC AMERICA by Lane Kenworthy". Kirkus Reviews. 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  12. ^ Black, Eric (2014-03-04). "Lane Kenworthy on why we're headed toward social democracy". MinnPost. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  13. ^ "BOOK REVIEW: "Social Democratic America" by Lane Kenworthy". Red Dirt Report. 2014-02-09. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  14. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Social Democratic America by Lane Kenworthy". Publisher's Weekly. 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2014-06-05.

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