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dc.contributor.authorEnns, Peter K.
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Nate
dc.contributor.authorMorgan, Jana
dc.contributor.authorVolscho, Thomas
dc.contributor.authorWitko, Chris
dc.description.abstractThis article develops and tests a model of conditional status quo bias and American inequality. We find that institutional features that bias policy outcomes toward the status quo have played a central role in the path of inequality. Using time-series analysis of top income shares during the post-Depression period, we identify the Senate as a key actor in the politics of income inequality. Our findings suggest that the supermajoritarian nature of the Senate and policy stagnation, when coupled with economic and social factors that produce rising inequality, create a situation in which inequality becomes difficult to reverse.en_US
dc.publisherSouthern Political Science Associationen_US
dc.subjectinequality, bias, status quoen_US
dc.titleConditional Status Quo Bias and Top Income Shares: How U.S. Political Institutions Have Benefited the Richen_US

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