On November 13rd Dr. Zbigniew Karpiński presented: ‘Popular Assessments of Earnings in Various Occupations: Trends in Consensus and Images of Justice.’


The objective of the present paper is to look at responses to questions asking subjects what they think people in various occupations do earn and what they should earn. Responses to these questions figure prominently in sociological surveys concerning perceptions of distributive justice. While some results concerning perceptions of justice are presented in this paper, its focus is on consensus in the popular assessments of occupational earnings. Data from four waves of POLPAN are compared in order to see the trends in consensus. Also, the results of similar studies conducted in Poland are compared with POLPAN’s result to investigate stability, if any, of those patterns.