Professor of Sociology and Yankelovich Chair in Social Thought
University of California-San Diego

Lane Kenworthy studies the causes and consequences of living standards, poverty, inequality, mobility, employment, economic growth, social policy, taxes, public opinion, politics, and more in the United States and other affluent countries. His books include Social Democratic Capitalism (2020), The Good Society (, How Big Should Our Government Be? (2016, with Jon Bakija, Peter Lindert, and Jeff Madrick), Social Democratic America (2014), Progress for the Poor (2011), Jobs with Equality (2008), Egalitarian Capitalism (2004), and In Search of National Economic Success (1995).

Areas of Expertise

Living Standards


Social Policy