Mariah Evans


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Dr. Mariah Evans, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 300
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557

Office: (775) 784-6333
Email: mariahev2@gmail.com
Building: Mack Social Science,  Office 303

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EDUCATION
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Chicago (1983)

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

Book Chapter(s)
Economic Development Reduces Tolerance for Inequality

 

Do conceptions of just rewards vary with economic development? To investigate this question we mainly use the International Social Science Survey with relevant data for 48 surveys in 24 established market economies with 56 556 individual respondents, collected at various years between 1987 and 2002. We measure inequality by the difference between what people think right for elite occupations and what they think right for low status occupations. A multilevel analysis shows patterns very similar to those found in earlier research, with one striking exception. By far the most important influence, not previously documented, is the prosperity of the nation when respondents were growing up and first forming their political and social views: people growing up in poor nations are much more accepting of inequality than are people growing up in prosperous nations. If this cross-sectional pattern reflects developmental trends, as is likely, then it seems that economic development creates equalitarian attitudes.

 

Kelley, Jonathan and M.D.R. Evans 2009, Charting the Globe: The International Social Survey Programme 1984-2009. edited by Max Haller, Roger Jowell and Tom Smith. London: Routledge
Journals
JUSTIFICATIONS OF INEQUALITY: The Normative Basis of Pay Differentials in 31 Nations. Evans, M. D., Kelley, J., Peoples, C. D 2010, Social Science Quarterly, 91(5), 1405-1431
Family Scholarly Culture and Educational Success: Evidence From 27 Nations.

Children growing up in homes with many books get 3 years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents' education, occupation, and class. This is as great an advantage as having university educated rather than unschooled parents, and twice the advantage of having a professional rather than an unskilled father. It holds equally in rich nations and in poor; in the past and in the present; under Communism, capitalism, and Apartheid; and most strongly in China. Data are from representative national samples in 27 nations, with over 70,000 cases, analyzed using multilevel linear and probit models with multiple imputation of missing data.


Evans, M. D., Kelley, J., Sikora, J., Treiman, D. J. 2010, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 28(2), 171-197.
Attitudes Toward Home-Based Employment for Mothers of Young Children. Kelley, S.M.C., Kelley, C.G.E., Evans, M. D., Kelley, J. 2010, International Journal of Social Welfare, 19(1), 33-44.
Economic Development and Happiness: Evidence from 39 Nations. Zagorski, K., Kelley, J., Evans, M. D. 2010, Polish Sociological Review, 2010(1), 3-20
Consequences of Divorce for Childhood Education

 

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