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7 September 2023

Sociological measures of inequality

Concepts and measures of ‘social class’ and of ‘social stratification’ are used extensively within sociology and its cognate disciplines, but differ from indicators of inequality such as earnings, income, wealth, educational attainment and local area deprivation that are used elsewhere in this volume. This commentary outlines characteristics of sociological measures of inequality, discusses their relative merits, and highlights some different conclusions and interpretations that a focus on sociological measures can bring to our understanding of inequality.

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Lambert, P. (2023), ‘Sociological measures of inequality’, IFS Deaton Review of Inequalities,