The Self in Socio-Economic Stratification

What is self-worth worth? An entrepreneurial self, where people see themselves as a business project, is for critical theorists assumed self-evident, and self-evidently bad. But how does the way we think and feel about ourselves matter in the economy? Do subjective self-evaluations affect objective economic valuations? And if so, how does this affect socio-economic inequality – and the mental health of the self?

Using state-of-the-art methods with high-quality data and measures, I improve on attempts to identify socio-emotional mechanisms by which socio-economic inequality is produced and reproduced.