Martin Schürz

Head of Monetary Unit, Economic Analysis Division, Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Vienna

Visiting Fellow
(August – September 2018)


Vices and Virtues of the Rich—Emotional Legitimations of Wealth Concentration

My time at the IWM will be dedicated to work on a book manuscript that discusses  the manifold roles that emotions play in legitimizing the massive inequality of wealth that characterizes contemporary democracies. Emotionseither hidden or displayed openlyinfluence political and social discourses on wealth concentration. Charity and greed, envy and compassion, anger and shame all influence social perceptions of injustice. And some of these emotions stabilize existing levels of extreme wealth concentration.


Previous stays at the IWM:

2017, Albert Hirschman Visiting Fellow