Lane Kenworthy

Affiliation: University of Arizona

Lane Kenworthy is a Professor of Sociology and Political Science University of Arizona.

He studies the causes and consequences of poverty, inequality, mobility, employment, economic growth, and social policy in the United States and other affluent countries.

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Lane Kenworthy's Latest Articles | 36

The Mystery of Economic Growth

Aug 21, 2013| 

Well-known economist in 1994: “There are many economic puzzles, but there are only two really great mysteries. One of these mysteries is why economic growth takes... Read »

America’s Future Early Education System

May 20, 2013| 

At some point, the United States is likely to have universal publicly-funded early education for children aged one to four. But while we led the way in establishing... Read »

Can We Get Wages Rising?

Apr 19, 2013| 

In the United States, wages for people in middle-paying jobs and below have been flat for more than three decades. This has gone on for so long now that we should... Read »

Will Everyone Be Worse Off if the U.S. Turns Social Democratic?

Oct 1, 2012| 

Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson, and Thierry Verdier have a new paper that asks “Can’t We All Be More Like Scandinavians?” Their answer is no. The answer follows... Read »

We’re All Dependent On Government, and It Has Long Been Thus

Sep 3, 2012| 

Nicholas Eberstadt’s “A Nation of Takers” argues that too many Americans have become dependent on government benefits. Over the past half-century, he notes,... Read »

Mitt Romney’s Peculiar Approach to Tax Fairness

Aug 20, 2012| 

Mitt Romney in a recent Fortune magazine interview: “I indicated as I announced my tax plan that the key principles included the following. First, that high-income... Read »

Wage Stagnation Isn’t Due to a Compositional Shift

Jul 31, 2012| 

From the mid-1940s through the mid-1970s, inflation-adjusted wages for Americans in the middle and below rose in sync with the economy. Since then, the median wage... Read »

Is Rising Obesity a Product of Income Inequality and Economic Insecurity?

Jun 11, 2012| 

Three decades ago, 15% of American adults were obese. Today 35% are. Obesity has increased in many other rich nations too. Why? Although we burn fewer calories now... Read »

Why the Surge in Obesity?

Jun 1, 2012| 

The Weight of the Nation is a four-part series on obesity in America by HBO Films and the Institute of Medicine, with assistance from the Centers for Disease Control... Read »

Is Decoupling Real?

Mar 13, 2012| 

Since the 1970s, income growth for middle-class American households has become decoupled from growth of the economy. The chart below offers one way to see this.... Read »

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