The psychology of economic inequality

Current project leaders: Carmen Cervone, Silvia Filippi, Bruno Gabriel Salvador Casara & Andrea Scatolon

Description: Increasing wealth- and income gaps are among the most serious problems afflicting our society. Besides hampering economic growth, economic inequality has serious psycho-social consequences including increased mental health problems, suicide rates, dishonest conduct, distrust, and reduced life satisfaction. This project addresses in particular (a) the psychological outcomes of economic inequality, (b) how people from countries of different stages of economic development understand and interpret inequality across nations, and (c) how psychological theorizing can contribute to social change.


  • Ministry of Education, University and Research PRIN grant. “The psychology of economic inequality”. Awarded to Anne Maass (2019).

Representative publications:

  • Cervone, C., Suitner, C., Carraro, L., & Maass, A. (2023). An Impartial Measure of Collective Action: Development and Validation of the Belief-aligned Collective Action Scale. European Journal of Psychological Assessment. Online first.
  • Gáspár, A., Cervone, C., Durante, F., Suitner, C., Valtorta, R. R., Vezzoli, M, & Maass, A. (2023). A twofold subjective measure of income inequality. Social Indicators Research. Online first.


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