What is the self worth? Sociologists have long understood how people think and feel about themselves to be a product of our social environments. We might expect a person's social status and economic control to influence their self-esteem and self-efficacy. But do such subjective self-evaluations also affect objective economic valuations? And if so, what are the consequences of this for socio-economic inequality – and for the health of the self?


Using innovative statistical techniques with high-quality data and measures, I improve on attempts to identify socio-emotional mechanisms by which socio-economic inequality is produced and reproduced.