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.

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 Fall 2019 semester: 

September 19, 2019, Florencia Torche, “The Normativity of Marriage and the Marriage Premium for Children’s Outcomes”, (Dept. of Sociology, Stanford University)

September 26, 2019, Frank Dobbin, “Faculty Diversity Programs: Best Practices and Worst”, (Dept. of Sociology, Harvard University)

October 10, 2019, Venkat Venkatasubramanian, “How Much Income Inequality is Fair? Surprising Insights from Statistical Mechanics and Game Theory” (Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University)

October 24, 2019, Sandra Black, “Poor Little Rich Kids? The Role of Nature versus Nurture in Wealth and Other Economic Outcomes and Behaviors”, (Dept. of Economics, Columbia University)

October 31, 2019, Eric Knowles  (Dept. of Psychology, NYU) and Monica McDermott, “Class Identities and Attitudes Towards Immigration and Race among Working-Class Whites” (Dept. of Sociology, Arizona State University)

November 7, 2019,  Onoso Imoagene (Dept. of Sociology, University of Penn.)

November 14, 2019,  Lars Osberg, “Could “Equality of Opportunity” among Commoners Suffice?”  (Dept. of Economics, Dalhousie University)

November 21, 2019,  Yao Lu  (Dept. of Sociology, Columbia University)