Status–income disequilibrium (sometimes abbreviated SID) is a political term frequently used to describe a desirable high status job with relatively low income. It is a variation on the sociological term "status inconsistency". The phrase was coined by The New York Times columnist David Brooks in his book Bobos in Paradise. He wrote:
The sufferers of this malady, have jobs that give them high status but low income. They lunch on an expense account at The Palm, but dine at home on macaroni. All day long the phone-message slips pile up on their desks—calls from famous people seeking favors—but at night they realize the tub needs scrubbing, so it's down on the hands and knees with the Ajax. At work they are aristocrats, Kings of the Meritocracy, schmoozing with Felix Rohatyn. At home they are peasants, wondering if they can really afford to have orange juice every morning.
David Brooks characterized the "sufferers" from SID in a long list, which includes TV news producers, museum curators, classical music performers, White House aides, and politicians, among others. Other journalists applied the term to "authors and academics", journalists, writers, "British middle classes", and even to the British MPs.
- "Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, a review by E. J. Graff, The American Prospect, November 30, 2002.
- Jamie Lynn Spears, SID, The Weekly Standard, 31 December 2007.
- NS essay – The honours system, far from being abolished, should be hugely expanded, by Richard Reeves, New Statesman, 08 November, 2004.
- Are Journalists Underpaid?, by Daniel Gross, Slate Magazine, December 20, 2005.
- Debt: A Writer's Life, by Megan McArdle, The Atlantic, 15 May 2009.
- The Coping Classes – Part 1, by Judith Woods, Daily Telegraph, 31 January 2008
- No, You May Not Put My Taxes Toward Your Floating Duck House, Anne Applebaum, Slate Magazine, May 26, 2009.