Dr Katharina   Hecht

Dr Katharina Hecht

Visiting Fellow

International Inequalities Institute

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Key Expertise
Income, Wealth Inequality

About me

Katharina is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Politics of Inequality’ at the University of Konstanz and a Visiting Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute (III).

Previously she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania, a Researcher at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at LSE and a Research Officer at the International Inequalities Institute. She completed her PhD in the Department of Sociology at the LSE.

Research interests

Her research relates to perceptions of income and wealth inequality, particularly at the top of the distributions, the temporal aspects of wealth, conceptualisations of richness, and geographical mobility and social mobility into high-status occupations. Her doctoral research focused on perceptions of top incomes and wealth.


Hecht, K. and Summers, K. (2020) ‘The Long and Short of It: The Temporal Significance of Wealth and Income’, Social Policy & Administration.

Savage M, Hecht K, Hjellbrekke J, et al. (2018) The anatomy of the British economic “elite.” In: Korsnes O, Heilbron J, Hjellbrekke J, et al. (eds.) New Directions in Elite Studies. London: Routledge.

Hecht K (2017) A Relational Analysis of Top Incomes and Wealth: Economic Evaluation, Relative (Dis)advantage and the Service to Capital. International Inequalities Institute Working Paper 11. London: The London School of Economics and Political Science.


Davis, A., Hecht, K., Burchardt, T., Gough, I., Hirsch, D., Rowlingson, K. and Summers, K. (2020) Can Public Consensus Identify a ‘Riches Line’: A Pilot Study, London, Trust for London.

Hecht, K., McArthur, D., Savage, M. and Friedman, S. (2020) Elites in the UK: Pulling Away? Social Mobility, Geographic Mobility and Elite Occupations, London, Sutton Trust.