Knowing precisely how society rewards effort is key for how voters think about taxes. Only brute luck is seen as an undeserved reason for riches.
We all think we want equality, but in reality it's often fairness that is more important to us.
Brazil's Valley of the Dawn faith is often dismissed as a cult. But many of the group's fantastical rituals are a recognizable reaction to this harsh world of inequality, loneliness and pandemics.
Many of the privileges that middle-class students enjoy are not obvious, even to themselves.
Team captains have a slight statistical advantage in being judged best on ground, says sports economist Liam Lenten.
In a victory for meritocracy, sandwich placements overwhelmingly go to the brightest students, irrespective of their background.
To reach the highest rungs of power, a new study shows, it really helps if your dad was president.
In the last year, workplace culture faced major upheaval for working women. We at The Conversation put together our reporting on that very topic from 2018.
Conventional wisdom across much of the Western world says there's a strong link between education and upward social mobility. Really?
How the grammar school selection process impacts children's self-perceptions and view of intelligence.
Americans' widespread belief that they live in a meritocracy where anyone can get ahead actually makes inequality even worse, particularly in terms of gender.
Social class plays a huge role in people's experiences of accessing and succeeding in higher education.
Toby Young’s comments on meritocracy, and 'progressive eugenics' are shocking, but the history of its long association is far more disturbing.
The notion of an society organised on merit has held Britain in its sway for decades.
It's a nice idea: a society where people are judged on merit alone. But it remains a fiction.
Research shows that the way meritocracy is discussed can actually curtail opportunities for social mobility.
Inequality for those left behind is a necessary byproduct of rewarding those who excel.