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Inequality working group

Welcome to the webpage of the Inequality Working Group (IWG), hosted at the European University Institute (EUI), Department of Political and Social Sciences.

The mission of the working group is to facilitate the exchange of research among EUI researchers and professors on various aspects of social inequality, and, to the extent possible, to push this discussion beyond the boundaries of the EUI research community by attracting external speakers and audiences.

IWG is convened by Professors Fabrizio Bernardi and Juho Härkönen.

Please contact the coordinators ([email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
[email protected]) if you have any questions, or want to be added to the IWG mailing list.



2021/2022 Second-Term Programme


Perceived Socioeconomic Status and Health:A Longitudinal Biomarker Approach

Presenter: Patrick Präg (CEST Paris) - - Event hold within the DISTANT CLIC project 

When: 13 January 2022 (13:30 - 15:00)

Where: via zoom 

The Timing of Parental Unemployment, Insurance, and Children’s Education

Presenter: Gabriele Mari (Erasmus University Rotterdam) - - Event hold within the DISTANT CLIC project 

When: 27 January 2022 (13:30 - 15:00)

Where: via zoom

Gene-Environment Effects on Female Fertility

Presenter: Nicola Barban (Bologna University)

When: 3 February 2022 (13:30 - 15:00)

Where: Seminar room 2

Firms and the Intergenerational Transmission of Labor Market Advantage

Presenter: Per Engzell (Nuffield College, University of Oxford) - - Event hold within the DISTANT CLIC project 

When: 10 February 2022  (13:30 - 15:00)

Where: via zoom

Insights from the computer-based PISA assessmentson gender gaps in mathematics and science

Presenter: Francesca Borgonovi (OECD)

When: 17 February 2022 (13:30 - 15:00)

Where: via zoom

To whom do you refer? Using reference groupsto study the effect of status on educational inequality

Presenter: Wiliam Foley (SPS researcher)

When: 24 February 2022 (13:30-15:00)

Where: Seminar room 2

On the Historical Roots of Gender Norms: Evidence fromMatrilineal Societies in Sub-Saharan Africa

Presenter: Eva Tene (Max Weber Fellow)

When: 3 March 2022 (13:30-15:00)

Where: Seminar room 2

Educational Transitions and Family Background Effects: A Sibling Study

Presenter: Kristian Karlson (University of Copenhagen)

When: 10 March 2022 (13:30-15:00)

Where: via zoom

Choosing among second-best societies: politicaland economic trade-offs in the selection of collectiveinstitutions

Presenter: Alicia Adsera (Princeton University)

When: 24 March 2022 (13:30-15:00)

Where: Seminar room 2

Fear of the future: An exploration of a novel determinant of fertility transitions among a contemporary cohort of adults

Presenter: Nicoletta Balbo (Bocconi University)

When: 31 March 2022  (13:30-15:00)

Where: via zoom

The socioeconomic integration of immigrants and their descendants in France across three generations 

Presenter: Louise Caron (French Institute for Demographic Studies / EUI Visiting Fellow)

When: 28 April 2022 (13:30-15:00)

Where: Emeroteca

The SNP Also Rises: Travels in molecular genetics and sociology of education

Seminar given by: Torkild Hovde Lyngstad (Professor of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo )

When: 29 April 2022 (9:00-13:00)

Where: Theatre

Falling softly – How wealth buffers the negative intergenerational consequences of parental job loss

Presenter: Simon Skovgaard Jensen (Joint work with Jascha Dräger) 

When: 12 May 2022 (13:30-15:00)

Where: Sala del Capitolo

Socialisation disrupted: the intergenerational transmission of political engagement in immigrant families

Presenter: Renee Luthra. Joint work with Magda Borkowska, University of Essex - - - Event hold within the DISTANT CLIC project 

When: 19 May 2022 (13:30-15:00)

Where: via zoom

Gene-Environment Effects on Female Fertility 

Presenter: Nicola Barban (University of Bologna), Elisabetta De Cao (LSE) and Marco Francesconi (University of Essex)

When: 26 May 2022 (13:30-15:00)

Where: Emeroteca

Inequalities in the workplace - (when) does the birth of a child change participation in job-related training?

Presenter: Gundula Zoch (Oldenburg University) - - - Event hold within the DISTANT CLIC project 

When: 9 June 2022 (13:30-15:00)

Where: via zoom


Can the New Secondary Education reform improve students’ achievement and attainment in Brazil? A multilevel difference-in-differences analysis

Presenter: Éder Terrin & Moris Triventi (University if Trento) - - - Event hold within the DISTANT CLIC project 

When: 13 June 2022 (13:30-15:00)

Where: via zoom

ECSR workshop

Presenter: See programme

When: 22-23 June 2022 

Where: Villa Salviati



2021/2022 First-Term Programme

Introductory meeting

Presenter: all CLIC

When: 23 September 2021 

Where: Upper Loggia

Mock ECSR presentations

Presenters: See programme

When: 5 October 2021 

Where: Zoom

Understanding social change through the looking glass of life courses

Presenter: Karl-Ulrich Meyer (Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin)

When: 15 October 2021 (9:30 - 11:00)

Where: Theatre Room

(A talk within the EUI Conferring Ceremony)

Non-intact families and children’s educational outcomes:comparing native and migrant students

Presenter: Francesca Zanasi (Max Weber Fellow)

When: 28 October 2021 (13:30-15:00)

Where: Sala Del Capitolo & Zoom

Municipality characteristics and the integration of refugees in Norway 

Presenter: Alicia Adsera (Princeton University), with Synøve N. Andersen and Marianne Tønnesen

When: 11 November 2021 (13:30-15:00)

Where: Sala Del Capitolo & Zoom


The Motherhood Class Penalty. Counterfactual Estimates for British Mothers using the Individual Synthetic Sequence Method

Presenter: Giacomo Vagni (Max Weber Fellow)

When: 2 December 2021 (13:30-15:00)

Where: Sala Del Capitolo & Zoom

The Role of Perinatal Health in Educational Achievement

Presenter: Niko Eskelinen (EUI & University of Turku)

When: 16 December 2021 (13:30-15:00)

Where: Seminar Room 2 & Zoom


Inequality Round Table

The Inequality Round Table is an opportunity for researchers and postdocs to get to know each other and discuss work in progress in an informal setting. Researchers/postdocs in need of peer feedback are invited to submit something written (the draft of a theoretical background, a long abstract for a potential article, a mindmap of your prospectus…) at least 8 days before the following meeting. Each piece selected will be assigned a discussant and circulated among all participants before the meeting. Preparing a very short presentation is recommended, but not mandatory. For more information, expressions of interest, and submissions, please write to [email protected], [email protected], or [email protected].  

Reading Sessions

The Reading Sessions of the Inequality Working Group aim at discussing the most recent seminal books in the fields of social and economic inequality. 

One book at a time will be discussed during each of the meetings, starting with a short summary of the selected book (by a different volunteer each time) and followed by key discussion points and an informal discussion of the reading.

Each meeting will last for one hour during lunch and will take place every 6 to 8 weeks.

Please contact 
[email protected] if you have any suggestions for the upcoming sessions, or if you want to volunteer to summarise any of the books. 

Page last updated on 08 June 2022