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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 María Del Mar Cañizares Espadafor or Risto Conte Keivabu if you have any questions, or want to be added to the IWG mailing list.



2019/2020 Second-Term Programme


Unequal educational trajectories: the case of Ethiopia

Presenter: Ilze Plavgo (EUI - Researcher)

When: 21 January 2020 (13:00-15:00)

Where: Seminar room 2, Badia Fiesolana

Settler Colonialism in Indonesia? Evidence from Transmigration in West Papua

Presenter: Lachlan Andrew Mcnamee (EUI - Max Weber Fellow)

When: 4 February 2020 (13:00-15:00)

Where: Seminar room 2, Badia Fiesolana


Increasing horizontal inequality: effects of ability grouping in post-compulsory educational decisions in Spain

Presenter: Manuel Tomas Valdes (EUI - VIsiting Student)

When: 10 February 2020 (13:00-15:00)

Where: Seminar room 4, Badia Fiesolana

The Impact of Immigration on Natives’ Fertility: Evidence from Syrians in Turkey

Presenter: Berkay Ozcan (LSE)

When: 18 February 2020 (14:00-16:00)

Where: Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana


What does and could life course research contribute to the study of social inequalities?

Presenter: Karl Ulrich Mayer (Max-Plack Institut)

When: 5 May 2020 (15:30 - 17:00)

Where: via zoom

Data management and visualization with R: analyzing inequalities

Presenter: Ariane Aumaitre (EUI - SPS Department)

When: 14-15 May 2020

Where: via zoom

Does Hard Work Beat Talent? The (Unequal) Interplay between Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills

Presenter: Carlos Gil Hernandez 

When: 26 May 2020 (13:00-15:00)

Where: via zoom

Excess mortality from Covid-19. Weekly excess death rates by age and sex for Sweden 

Presenter: Karen Modig (Karolinska Institutet) and Markus Ebeling (Max Plack Institute for Demographic Research) 

When: 4 June 2020 (12:30-14:00)

Where: via zoom


Distant CLIC conference 

Key speakers: Margarita Torre (Instituto Carlos III-Juan March), Diederik Boertien (CED, Pompeu Fabra University)


When: 18 June 2020

Time: 14:00-18:30

Where: via zoom

Presenters: Ilze Plavgo, Heta Pöyliö, Raffaele Grotti, Giampiero Passaretta, Marco Cozzani

More information on DistantCLIC

Pre-ECSR presentations (tbc)


When: 29 June 2020 tbc

Where: tbc


2019/2020 First-Term Programme


Does skin color affect educational and labor market outcomes in the United States?

Presenter: Mauricio Bucca (Max Weber Fellow)

When: 23 September 2019 (11:30-13:00)

Where: Seminar room 3, Badia Fiesolana

Assortative mating - Can we investigate mechanisms behind partnering preferences outside the lab

Presenter: Linus Andersson (Stockholm University / EUI Visiting Fellow)

When: 8 October 2019 (13:00-15:00)

Where: Seminar room 4, Badia Fiesolana

Divorce Conference

When: 17-19 October 2019

Where: University of Florence

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Divorce and children’s access to parental resources: the role of complex sibling configurations in stepfamilies

Presenter: Suzanne de Leeuw (University of Amsterdam / EUI Visiting Student)

When: 29 October 2019 (13:00-15:00)

Where: Seminar room 4, Badia Fiesolana

Reconciling macro-and microlevel findings on the unemployment-divorce nexus

Presenter: Gert Thielemans (University of Antwerp / EUI Visiting Student)

When: 5 November 2019 (13:00-15:00)

Where: Seminar room 4, Badia Fiesolana

Does schooling affect social inequality in achievement? New evidence from a causal design

Presenter: Giampiero Passaretta (Research Fellow EUI)

When: 19 November 2019 (13:00-15:00)

Where: Seminar room 4, Badia Fiesolana

The Age of Uncertainty: Gender, Employment, and Economic Insecurity among Youths in the U. S. and China

Presenter: Feng Wang (University of California, Irvine)

When: 27 November 2019 (14:00 - 16:00)

Where: Seminar room 4, Badia Fiesolana

Health inequality workshop 

When: 2 December 2019 (13:30-18:00)

Where: Emeroteca, Badia Fiesolana

Programme and Abstracts

Filter Bubbles, Identity, and Culture: Three Field Experiments on Social Media

Presenter: Chris Bail (Duke University)

When: 4 December 2019 (13:30 - 15:00)

Where: Seminar room 2, Badia Fiesolana

Beyond Dreamers: The Underanalyzed Complexity of the Undocumented Immigrants in the United States 

Presenter: Amy Hsin (City University of New York, Queen's College)

When: 12 December 2019 (13:00-15:00)

Where: Seminar room 2, Badia Fiesolana

Workshop on Simulation and resampling method for inference and hypothesis testing

Instructor: Mauricio Bucca (Max Weber Fellow)

When: 13 December 2019 (11:00 - 15:00)

Where: Seminar room 2, Badia Fiesolana

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Inequality Working Group 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 María Del Mar Cañizares Espadafor or Risto Conte Keivabu 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 10 June 2020