Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/177371
Authors: 
Charles, Aurelie
Vujić, Sunčica
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 200
Abstract: 
Elite occupations are characterised by the magnitude of income accumulation which has been particularly exacerbated in the financialisation process. This paper however shows that the cumulative effects on group earnings is a pattern visible across the labour force. The case studies on the US and UK labour force in the financialisation era in effect show that elitist earnings are a group phenomenon for a dominant group, mainly white male or female, at the expense of other racial, ethnic, and gender groups. Learning from such group behaviour on financial accumulation and drawing on Sen’s rules of legitimacy (1981) in market interactions, the discussion then looks at the possibility of “sustainable earning” trends that feed into the financial needs for the green transition. The paper concludes that economic actors should be aware of the group legitimacy to financial flows, but that the group boundaries should be based on ecological-based entitlements rather than social-based entitlements to financial flows.
Subjects: 
elite
income
inequality
social norms
stratification
JEL: 
J31
J71
C32
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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