Income Inequality

My work examines the distribution of income within and between countries. Firmly rooted in poltical economy, my empirial and theoretical work links remunerative outcomes to social and prolitical forces "above" the individual. However, such processes matter because they impact the opportunities and constraints individuals face in their local labor markets. Thus, current projects subject the individual level mechanisms underlying causal theories of macro-processes to empirical scrutiny at the individual level.

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My Research

Mahutga, Matthew C, Anthony Roberts and Ronald Kwon. 2017. "The Globalization of Production and Income Inequality in Rich Democracies." Social Forces 96(1): 181-214.

Mahutga, Matthew C. and Andrew K. Jorgenson. 2016. "Production Networks and Varieties of
Institutional Change: The Inequality Upswing in Post-Socialism Revisited." Social Forces 94(4): 1711-

Mahutga, Matthew C. 2016. "Theoretical Holism in the Sociology of Development: Another Look at
Foreign Direct Investment, Private Markets and Earnings Inequality During Post-Socialist
Transition" Sociology of Development 2(1): 1-24

Curwin, Kevin and Matthew C. Mahutga. 2014. "Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth: New Evidence from Post-Socialist Transition Countries." Social Forces 92(3): 1159-1187.

Mahutga, Matthew C. 2014. "Global Models of Networked Organization, the Positional Power of Nations and Economic Development." Review of International Political Economy 21(1): 157-194.

Mahutga, Matthew C. 2014 "Global Production Networks and International Inequality: Making a Case for
a Meso-Level Turn in Macro-Comparative Sociology." Journal of World-Systems Research 20(1): 11-37

Mahutga, Matthew C. and David A. Smith. 2011. "Globalization, The Structure of the World Economy and Economic Development." Social Science Research: 40(1): 257-72.

Mahutga, Matthew C., Roy Kwon and Garrett Grainger.  2011.  “Within-Country Inequality and the Modern World-System: A Theoretical Reprise and Empirical First Step.”  Journal of World-Systems Research: 17(2): 279-307.  

Bandelj, Nina and Matthew C. Mahutga.  2010.  “How Socio-Economic Change Shapes Income Inequality in Central and Eastern Europe.”  Social Forces 88(5):2133-2161.   

Mahutga, Matthew C. and Nina Bandelj. 2008. "Foreign Investment and Income Inequality: The Natural Experiment of Central and Eastern Europe." International Journal of Comparative Sociology 29(6): 429-454.