The sociologist robert k merton called this phenomenon the matthew effect named after a passage in the gospel of matthew yet the more closely we examine the sociological effects of this principle the more complicated the idea becomes initial advantage doesnt always lead to further advantage and disadvantage doesnt necessarily translate . Enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone tablet or computer no kindle device required. Matthew effects have been observed across a broad spectrum of social institutions but merton first developed the concept of cumulative advantage explicitly in the study of scientific institutions. Buy the matthew effect how advantage begets further advantage by daniel rigney isbn 9780231149488 from amazons book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Get this from a library the matthew effect how advantage begets further advantage daniel rigney the old saying does often seem to hold true the rich get richer while the poor get poorer creating a widening gap between those who have more and those who have less the sociologist robert k
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