CWI Seminar

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.

Unless otherwise indicated, CWI Seminars are held on Thursdays throughout the academic year at 2pm in 509 Knox Hall (606 West 122nd Street).  We are pleased to announce an exciting group of speakers for our Spring 2020 semester: 

Please note that several of our March and April seminars have been postponed due to COVID-19. Please see our revised Spring 2020 schedule below: 

January 30, 2020 –  Steven Greenhouse, Author and Former New York Times Journalist, “The Decline of Worker Power: How It Skews Our Economy and Democracy (and How We Might Fix It)”

February 6, 2020 –  Michael Gaddis (UCLA), “Stigma and the Power of Credential Signaling: Field and Survey Experiments on Associate Degrees and Certificates”

Monday, February 10, 2020 from 12-1:30pm – Wendy Roth (U Penn) , Bridging Ties through Genetic Testing? The Effect of Genetic Ancestry Testing on Network Racial Diversity”, Co-sponsored with REM Workshop 

February 13, 2020 – Erin Cech (University of Michigan), “The Passion Principle: How the Search for Self-Expression and Fulfillment in Careers Reproduces Inequality” 

February 27, 2020 – Kate Weisshaar (University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill), “An Imperfect Match? Variation in Gender and Racial Discrimination by Skills and Relative Qualification”

VIRTUAL ZOOM SEMINAR: April 16, 2020 – Lucinda Platt (LSE) , “Which integration policies work? The heterogeneous impact of policies and institutions on immigrants’ labor market success in Europe” (Zoom link will be provided in advance of the seminar) 

Unfortunately, our scheduled talks with Laura Doering (University of Toronto) and Ashton Verdery (Penn State) have been postponed due to COVID-19. 

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