Belmi seeks to understand why rich people are rich, why poor people are poor, and why social disparities between the rich and the poor persist over time. To answer these questions, he examines the social psychological forces that contribute to the reproduction of hierarchies and social inequality. In one line of research, he examines the subtle and insidious ways in which mainstream institutions block disadvantaged group members from getting to the top. In another line of research, he investigates how organizations and critical gateways create motivational barriers that discourage disadvantaged group members from pursuing their goals.
Belmi’s research has been published in top-tier journals, including Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Discoveries, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, as well as featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fortune, The Huffington Post and Financial Times.
B.A., Ateneo de Manila University; M.S., San Francisco State University; Ph.D., Stanford Graduate School of Business