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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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Fall 2021 Seminar Schedule

***Unless otherwise indicated,  all talks will be held virtually from 2-3:30pm on Thursdays, and a Zoom link will be sent the week of each talk.***

September 30th – Xiang Zhou, Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University, “Higher Education and the Black-White Earnings Gap”

October 7th – Graduate Student Talk: Jordan Brensinger, Ph.D. Student, Columbia University, “Data Vulnerability, Mistrust, and the Production of Economic Insecurity”  (Practice Job Market Talk)

October 14th – Graduate Student Panel: featuring presentations by:

  • Zheng Fu, Ph.D. Student, Columbia Sociology Dept.
  • Greer Mellon, Ph.D. Student, Columbia Sociology Dept.
  • Daniel Tadmon, Ph.D. Student, Columbia Sociology Dept.

October 21st – Matthias Thiemann, Associate Professor, European Public Policy, Sciences Po,  “The Relationship of State and Finance after the Financial Crisis: Housing Booms, Wealth Effects and the Impotency of Macro-prudential Regulation” 

October 28th from 12 -1:30pm  – Reducing Inequality – joint virtual event with the Center for the Study of Wealth and Inequality (Columbia), the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality (CUNY) and the Institute for Human Development and Social Change (NYU). Featuring Brittany Fox-Williams, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Lehman College, CUNY, and Andrew Nalani,  Ph.D. Candidate, Psychology and Social Intervention, NYU.  Adam Gamoran (WT Grant Foundation) and Janet Gornick (Stone Center, CUNY) will moderate the two panels. Leslie McCall and Nancy Hill will be the discussants. Tom DiPrete (co-author of the first paper) and Hiro Yoshikawa and Prudence Carter (co-authors of the second paper) will participate in the response to the comments of the discussants, to be followed by general discussion. Registration Link

*** POSTPONED TO Jan. 2022 DUE TO SWC-UAW STRIKE *** – Sylvia Fuller, Professor of Sociology, University of British Columbia, “Women Managers and the Gender Wage Gap: Workgroup Gender Composition Matters” 

December 2nd-  Pilar Gonalons-Pons, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, “The Care Work System and Economic Inequality: Integrating Paid and Unpaid Care Work Penalties” 

December 9th – Graduate Student Panel: featuring presentations by:

  • Francisco Lara-Garcia & Flavien Ganter, Ph.D. Students, Columbia Sociology Dept.
  • Nicholas Pang, Ph.D. Student, Columbia Sociology Dept.



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