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2002-03

Frontiers in Socioeconomic Mobility: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges Conference
March 28-29, 2003
The purpose of this conference is to assemble economists and sociologists working at the frontiers of analysis of socioeconomic mobility. Our interest is primarily conceptual and methodological. What is socioeconomic mobility? How do we measure it? How do we understand it? Empirical contributions will be welcome in so far as they elucidate these conceptual and methodological issues.
sponsored by The Center for the Study of Inequality & The Poverty, Inequality, and Development Initiative
This conference is free and open to the public. No registration is required
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Submitted papers

Controversies About Inequality Debate Series
Do you know the answers to the five big questions about inequality?
In recent years, issues of poverty and Inequality have become increasingly common topics of public debate, as journalists and politicians have attempted to come to terms with growing income inequality, the increasing visibility of international differences in wealth and income, and the persistence of extreme forms of racial, ethnic, and gender stratification. The Center for the Study of Inquality (with funding from The Atlantic Foundation) has recruited leading experts within academia to lay out the evidence and insights that social scientists and philosophers can bring to bear on these key issues. Click here for a link to the Debate Transcipts.

Symposium on Conceptual Challenges in Poverty and Inequality.
April 16 – 17, 2002
This symposium convenes leading economists, philosophers, and sociologists to take stock of current analytic understandings of poverty and inequality. In collaboration with the Poverty, Inequality, and Development Initiative, CSI intends to open a discussion that identifies the major conceptual problems in the field and leads to new conceptions, models, or theories of poverty and inequality. The keynote speakers
are Francois Bourguignon, Douglas Massey, Martha Nussbaum, Amartya Sen, and William Wilson.
More about the Conceptual Challenges in Poverty and Inequality symposium, including the schedule

“Declining Significance of Gender?” Lecture Series:
The kick-off debate for the “Declining Significance of Gender?” lecture series featured Robert Max Jackson and Paula England sparring in a packed Barnes Hall auditorium on September 7.
Press release
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The “Declining Significance of Gender?” lecture series will culminate with the publication of a volume of the same name (published by the Russell Sage Foundation).
More about “Declining Significance of Gender?”

Erik O. Wright Receives CSI Distinguished Paper Award.
Erik O. Wright visited Cornell University on October 12 to receive the 2000-01 CSI Distinguished Paper Award for his article “Working-Class Power, Capitalist-Class Interests, and Class Compromise” (American Journal of Sociology).
This article introduces a game theoretic approach to understanding the conditions under which class struggle might yield a positive compromise.
Full review in CSI Book and Paper of the Year

NSF and Ford Foundation Fund CSI Research Workshop on Transnational Contention.
The CSI will be housing the new “Research Workshop on Transnational Contention,” funded by the Ford Foundation and led by Sidney G. Tarrow, Upson Professor of Government and Sociology. This workshop will examine the rise of cross-national forms of collective action on such issues as global inequality, human rights, ethnicity, and the environment.
More about the Transnational Contention Workshop

New Lecture Series on Welfare and Inequality in Advanced Industrial Countries.
With funding from the Mario Einaudi Center and CSI, Cornell University will host a year-long seminar series and workshop that addresses the role of state intervention in shaping modern inequalities. Led by Jonas Pontusson, Professor of Government, this topic will be explored through an interdisciplinary program of activities including a seminar series, workshop, and research fellowships.
More about Lecture Series on Welfare and Inequality

Wednesday, April 30
Debate: Richard Freeman, Harvard University vs. Jonas Pontusson, Cornell University
“Does Inequality Increase Economic Output?”
3:00 pm – 251 Malott Hall
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Inequality and the Atlantic Foundation

Friday, April 18
Debate: Alex Portes, Princton University vs. David Grusky, Cornell University
“Are There Big Social Classes?”
3:00 pm – Goldwin Smith Hall, Room D
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Inequality and the Atlantic Foundation

Friday, April 4
Debate: Peter Singer, Princeton University vs. Richard Miller, Cornell University
“What Duties Do People in Rich Countries Have to Relieve World Poverty?”
3:00 pm – Goldwin Smith Hall, Room D
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Inequality and the Atlantic Foundation
Friday, March 28 – Saturday, March 29
Frontiers in Social and Economic Mobility Conference
Statler Hotel, Princton-Yale Room

Friday, March 14
Tom Hirschl
Professor of Rural Sociology, and Director of the Population and Development Program, Cornell University
“Does Marriage Increase the odds of Affluence: Exploring the Life Course Probabilities”
12:00 – 1:30 pm – 32 Warren Hall
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Inequality, Population and Development Program and Policy and Management Department

Friday, March 7
Debate: Solomon Polacheck, Binghamton University vs. Francine Blau, Cornell University
“Why is There a Gender Wage Gap and Why is it Shrinking?”
3:00 pm – Goldwin Smith Hall, Room D
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Inequality and the Atlantic Foundation

Friday, February 7
Debate: Roger Waldinger, University of California, Los Angelas vs. Victor Nee, Cornell University
Moderator: Janet Reno, Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of ’56 University Professor, and U.S. Attorney General during the Clinton administration

“Are Immigrants and Their Children Assimilating?”
3:00 pm – Goldwin Smith Hall, Room D
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Inequality and the Atlantic Foundation

Friday, November 1
Steven H. Strogatz
Cornell University, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
“Small-World Networks”
3:00 pm – 302 Uris Hall
Sponsored by the Department of Sociology

Friday, October 25
Raymond Swisher
Cornell University, Policy Analysis and Management
“Neighborhood Effects and Adolescent Psychological Well-Being”
3:00 pm – 302 Uris Hall
Sponsored by the Department of Sociology

Friday, October 18
Guang Guo
University of North Carolina, Department of Sociology
“Peer Influences, Heritability, and Adolescent Deviant Behavior”
3:00 pm – 302 Uris Hall
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Inequality

Friday, October 11
Richard Alba
State University of New York at Albany, Department of Sociology
“Comparative Assimilation: Blurred vs. Bright Boundaries in France, Germany, and the U.S.”
3:00 pm – 302 Uris Hall
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Economy and Society

Friday, October 4
Michael Lounsbury
School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University
“New Practices and Logic Transformation: Sources of Professional Monday Management Firm Contracting in the U.S. Mutual Fund Industry”
3:00 pm – 302 Uris Hall
Sponsored by the Department of Sociology

Friday, September 27
Barnaby Marsh
Department of Zoology, Oxford University
“Social Heuristics, Norms, and Wisdom”
3:00 pm – 302 Uris Hall
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Economy and Society

Friday, September 20
Douglas Heckathorn
Cornell University, Department of Sociology
“The Network Structure of a Jazz Musician Community”
3:00 pm – 302 Uris Hall
Sponsored by the Department of Sociology

Friday, September 6
Joseph Stiglitz
Columbia University
Nobel Laureate in Economics
“Globalization and its Discontents”
3:30 pm – 401 Warren Hall
Sponsored by the Center for Poverty, Inequality, and Development
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Inequality

Friday, August 30
Filippo Barbera
Department of Sociology, University of Turin
“Analytical Sociology: From Merton to Coleman”
3:00 pm – 302 Uris Hall
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Economy and Society

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