Lisa A. Keister
Gilhuly Family Professor of Sociology
I do research in the areas of economic sociology, organizations and management, and social networks. I study organization and household behavior in both the U.S. and China, including work on organization strategy and the role that relations among organizations play in shaping strategy, household financial decision making, and business start-up. My work on business networks in China looks at relations among firms and how these shape firm performance, survival, and structure. I also do work on wealth accumulation and the factors that contribute to wealth disparities, including social networks, inheritance, religion, and inheritance.
Keister, LA. "Wealth Distribution." Great Divides: Readings in Social Inequality. McGraw-Hill Companies, 2003.
Keister, LA. "Wealth Distribution." Poverty and Social Welfare in America: An Encyclopedia. Ed. G Mink and AO Connor. 2002.
Keister, LA. "Wealth Inequality." Inequalities and Societies Reader. W. W. Norton and Company, 2002.
Keister, LA. "Guanxi in Business Groups: Social Ties and the Formation of Economic Relations." Social Connections in China: Institutions, Culture, and the Changing Nature of Guanxi. Ed. TB Gold, D Guthrie, and D Wank. Cambridge University Press, 2002. 77-96.
Keister, LA. "Friend or Foe? Business Groups During China’s Economic Development." Chinese Business History. 2001.
Keister, LA. "Insider Lending and Economic Transition: The Structure, Function, and Performance Impact of Finance Companies in Chinese Business Groups." Managing Organizational Change in Transition Economies. Ed. D Dennison. University of Michigan Press, 2000.
Keister, LA, and Caldwell, S. "The Distribution of Household Wealth in the U.S., 1962-1992: Estimates Using Dynamic Microsimulation." Microsimulation in Government Policy and Forecasting. Ed. A Gupta. Elsevier, 2000.
Caldwell, S, and Keister, L. "Wealth in America: Family Stock Ownership and Accumulation, 1960-1995." Microsimulation for Urban and Regional Policy Analysis. Ed. G Clarke. Pion, 1996.
Benton, R, Keister, LA, and Lee, HY. "Real Estate Holdings among the Super Rich (In preparation)." Cities and the Super Rich: Real Estate, Elite Practices, and Urban Political Economies. Ed. R Forrest, B Wissink, and SY Koh. Palgrave MacMillan. (Chapter)
Keister, LA. "Business Groups in China." American Behavioral Scientist (2010). (Academic Article)
Keister, LA. "Organizational research on market transition: A sociological approach." ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT 26.4 (December 2009): 719-742. Full Text
Keister, LA. "Interfirm Relations in China Group Structure and Firm Performance in Business Groups." AMERICAN BEHAVIORAL SCIENTIST 52.12 (August 2009): 1709-1730. Full Text
Keister, LA. "Wealth Inequality." Georgetown Law Journal (2009).
Keister, LA, and Cornwell, B. "The Origin of Influence Hierarchies: The Role of Visible and Obscure Status Characteristics in the Emergence of Elite Social Hierarchies." Sociological Analysis (2009). (Academic Article)
Keister, LA, and Chen, W. "Financial Markets during Transition." The Encyclopedia of Modern China (2009). (Academic Article)
McGrath, DM, and Keister, LA. "The effect of temporary employment on asset accumulation processes." WORK AND OCCUPATIONS 35.2 (May 2008): 196-222. Full Text
Keister, LA. "Conservative protestants and wealth: How religion perpetuates asset poverty." AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY 113.5 (March 2008): 1237-1271. Full Text