Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Inequality of Pay - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

The Inequality of Pay

Henry Phelps Brown


Why does or why should any one person earn eight times as much as another? The economist's answer relies mainly on supply and demand in the labour market, but the sociologist finds more significance in the differentiation of the labour force by class, status, and power, and in his or her view, there is a much greater possibility of reducing inequality than in the view of the economist. The aim of this book is to examine both these ways of accounting for the inequality of pay, not at an abstract level but in the light of a wide and detailed study of the evidence. What can we learn, for instance ... More

Keywords: capacity to earn, class, economic theory, equality, family effects, income distribution, inequality, labour, pay, pay equality, pay inequality, pay structure, power, psychological theory, social hierarchy, sociological theory, status, supply and demand

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1979 Print ISBN-13: 9780198851202
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198851200.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Phelps Brown, author