Economic inequality: problems and perspectives for interdisciplinary accounting research

Dale Tweedie*, James Hazelton

*Corresponding author for this work

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The purpose of this paper is to encourage and advance interdisciplinary accounting research on economic inequality.

The authors review prior research into economic inequality, including two new papers in this issue, to identify topics where economic inequality and accounting research intersect. The authors then draw on prior accounting research to identify frameworks accounting scholars already use apposite to analysing these topics.

Economic inequality cuts across major accounting topics, including measurement, reporting and tax. Inequality also bears on an influential agenda in interdisciplinary accounting research to hold corporations and states accountable for their impacts. Four prior research frameworks accounting scholars might apply to this agenda are: critical Marxian or post-Marxian; accounting ethics; advocacy; and disclosure studies.

Social implications
A growing body of social scientific research, as well as influential global institutions, social movements and political debates, raise concerns over inequitable global distributions of wealth and income. The authors explore ways accounting scholars can help redress these inequities.

While economic inequality affects billions of people, accounting scholarship is yet to give these inequities the attention their scale and social impact merits. The authors suggest ways accounting researchers can make substantive contributions to addressing this issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1982-2003
Number of pages22
JournalAccounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal
Issue number7
Early online date1 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2019


  • inequality
  • interdisciplinary accounting
  • disclosure
  • critical accounting
  • accounting ethics


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