The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy is now open.  Our office hours are from: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. Please refer to the COVID-19 Resource Guide for all matters related to the return to campus.  All visitors and vendors must fill out the Columbia University Health Screening Form.  We look forward to seeing you on campus.


Wealth and Inequality Seminar Series

The Center for the Study of Wealth and Inequality (CWI) Seminar Series is sponsored by Columbia University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research Policy (ISERP) and is devoted to the investigation of social and economic inequality.  The Seminar invites speakers from both within and outside of Columbia to present recent papers covering a wide range of topics pertaining to inequality, such as poverty, labor market behavior, education, and the family.  The research topics and methodologies are at the cutting edge of the interdisciplinary study of wealth and inequality, as the CWI Seminar invites speakers from multiple social science disciplines and fields.  Past speakers include Annette Lareau, Adam Gamoran, Timothy Smeeding, Lisa Kahn, Mario Small, Rob Warren and Florencia Torche, among numerous others.

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Spring 2023 Seminar Schedule

Talks will be held in person in Knox Hall Room 509 in the Columbia Sociology department. All talk attendees will be required to follow Columbia’s COVID-19 campus policies. Final confirmation of each talk format will be sent via email newsletter the Monday before each talk. 

January 31st: Doug Downey, Professor of Sociology, The Ohio State University, “How Does Schooling Affect Inequality in Cognitive Skills? The View from Seasonal Comparison Research”

February 14th: Pilar Gonalons-Pons, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, “The Care Work System. Changes and Continuities in the Provision of Care”

February 21st: Michael Walker, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, “Organizational Patterns of Sleep Hygiene in Jail“

February 28th: Kendra Bischoff, Associate Professor of Sociology, Cornell University, “Title TBA”

April 18th: Natasha Quadlin, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, “Title TBA”

April 25th (Remote): Ellen Berrey, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto and Alex Hanna, Director of Research at the Distributed AI Research Institute (DAIR), “Trends in Higher Education Protest and University and Police Responses in the U.S. and Canada, 2012-2018”


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