Current Research Projects

  • Content Creation Economy. A mixed methods study that examines the content creation market, and the dynamics governing content creation enterprise management and regulation.
  • Comparative Household Finance. A quantitative project that examines differences in US and Canadian middle class household finances.



Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Joseph N. Cohen (2016) “The Myth of America’s ‘Culture of Consumerism’: Policy May Help Drive American Households’ Fraying Finances” Journal of Consumer Culture
  • Miguel Centeno and Joseph N. Cohen (2012) “The Arc of Neoliberalism” Annual Review of Sociology
  • Miguel Centeno and Joseph N. Cohen (2006) “Neoliberalism and Patterns of Economic Development” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 

Book Chapters

  • Miguel Centeno and Joseph N. Cohen (2015) “Neoliberalism” Robert A. Scott and Stephen M. Kosslyn (eds.) Emerging Trends in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Wiley and Sons.
  • Joseph N. Cohen (2012) “Managing the Faustian Bargain: Monetary Autonomy in the Pursuit of Development in Eastern Europe and Latin America” in Renato Boschi and Carlos Henrique Santana (eds.) Development and Semi-Periphery: Post-Neoliberal Trajectories in South American and Central Eastern Europe. Anthem Press.
  • Paul DiMaggio and Joseph N. Cohen (2005) “Information Inequality and Network Externalities: A Comparative Study of the Diffusion of Television and the Internet” in Victor Nee and Richard Swedberg (eds.) The Economy Sociology of Capitalism. Princeton University Press.


  • Joseph N. Cohen (2015) “Wal-Mart Wars: Moral Populism in the 21st Century” Contemporary Sociology
  • Joseph N. Cohen (2012) “Review: Terence Halliday and Bruce Carruthers, Bankrupt: Global Lawmaking and Systemic Financial Crisis” International Journal of Comparative Sociology

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Joseph N. Cohen (2008) “Long Wave Theory” in Stewart R. Cleff and James R. Bailey (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies.

Recent Unpublished Research


  • “Prevalence of Entpreneurship among U.S. Households, 1989 – 2016.” OSF. March 1.
  • “Income from Entrepreneurship, 2016.” OSF. March 2.
  • “Zero Sales Entrepreneurs.” OSF. March 4.
  • “Government Revenues to GDP.” OSF. March 22.
  • “Government Expenditures and Aggregate Growth.” OSF. April 2.
  • “Government Expenditures to Governance Quality.” OSF. April 4.
  • “Long-Run Changes to Government Spending.” OSF. April 11.
  • “Entrepreneurship and Race, 1989 – 2016.” OSF. May 1.
  • “Distribution of Household US Education Debt 2016.” OSF. June 18.
  • “Financing Education.” OSF. June 18.

Data Sets

  • Cohen, Joseph N, and Joseph van der Naald. 2019. “Measuring Socialism Data Set.” OSF. July 25. doi:10.17605/OSF.IO/4G37H.

Media Coverage

  • Elaine S. Povich (2019) “Save Bucks, Win a Prize?  Sounds Great but Consumers Aren’t Biting” Pew Stateline. May 6.
  • Mary Harris (2017) “Canadians Have Universal Health Insurance.  Why Not the US?”  WNYC.  December 13
  • Lisa Roepe (2017) “Think You Know What the Other Half Earns?  Not So Fast” OZY. June 4
  • Christopher Rugaber (2016) “Trump would hike taxes for some in middle class” USA Today, November 27.
  • Christopher Rugaber (2016) “For some in middle class, Trump plan would mean tax increase“ Associated Press. November 25
  • Christopher Ingraham (2016) “Consumer conundrum: Luxuries get cheaper, necessities more expensive” Washington Post.  August 17
  • Helaine Olen (2016) “The United States of Debt” Podcast series from Slate
  • Peter Hogness (2014) “QC Sociologist: Where Our Money Goes” Clarion, November 26.  Winner of New York Labor Communications Council: Best Editorial Column
  • Christopher R. Rugaber (2014) “Middle Class Squeeze: From Day Care to Health Care” Associated Press: Big Story.  September 24.
  • Richard Salit and Alex Kuffner (2014) “Middle Class Squeeze: R.I. wages flatlining as workers struggle” Providence Journal.  May 31.
  • Central Time (2014) “Middle Class Money Squeeze” Wisconsin Public Radio.  May 12.
  • Carol Morello and Scott Clement (2014) “‘Happy Days’ no more: Middle-class families squeezed as expenses soar, wages fall” Washington Post, April 26.
  • Helaine Olen (2014) “Essay: Our Brains Aren’t to Blame for Our Financial Woes” Bloomberg.  April 7.
  • KCBS Radio (2013)  August 25.
  • Helaine Olen (2013) “Giving up coffee to balance the books: how many lattes to financial freedom?” The Guardian.  August 13.