Contexts of Social Inequality

Interdisciplinary Conference

This interdisciplinary two-day conference explores the role of contexts in the production and reproduction of social inequality. Contexts include regions, neighborhoods, networks, families, schools, and workplaces. Some contexts are set externally while others evolve dynamically. Contexts channel opportunities and constrain choice. They connect some individuals and segregate others.

This conference brings together economists, sociologists, and statisticians for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and results. Presenters are encouraged to focus on ideas that link contexts with inequality within generations or mobility across generations.  We are especially interested in (formal as well as qualitative) theoretical ideas, as well as empirical evaluations. Participants may also focus on the identification challenges of linking theoretical ideas to empirical analogues, including social interaction, spillover, contagion, and interference.

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