Syllabus (Durlauf)

Dimensions of Inequality (Slides)

  1. Capital vs. labor income
  2. Group-level inequality and social mobility
  3. Spatial Inequality
  4. Segregation
  5. Inequality and distributive justice
    • Roemer, John and Alain Trannoy. (2015). "Equality of Opportunity." Handbook of Income Distribution, vol. 2. A. Atkinson and F. Bourguignon, eds.  Amsterdam: Elsevier.
    • Sen, Amartya. (2000). "Social Justice and the Distribution of Income." Handbook of Income Distribution, vol. 1. A. Atkinson and F. Bourguignon, eds.  Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Overview of Explanations

  1. Long run dynamics of capitalist economies
  2. Social interactions
  3. Poverty traps
  4. Discrimination

Laws of Capitalism (Slides)

Social Determinants of Inequality (Slides)

  1. Basic ideas
  2. Theory
  3. Identification
  4. Neighborhoods and schools
    • Durlauf, Steven N. (2004). "Neighborhood Effects," in Handbook of Urban and Regional Economics: Cities and Geography, Vol. 4. J. Vernon Henderson and Jacques-François Thissepp, eds. Amsterdam: Elsevier. 2173-2242.
    • Epple, Dennis and Richard Romano. (2011). "Peer Effects in Education: A Survey of the Theory and Evidence." In Handbook of Social Economics. J. Benhabib, A. Bisin, and M. Jackson, eds. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
    • Wodtke, Geoffrey T., Felix Elwert, and David J. Harding. (2016). "Neighborhood Effect Heterogeneity by Family Income and Developmental Period." Forthcoming, American Journal of Sociology.
  5. Identity
  6. Discrimination and stigma

Policies (Slides)

  1. Place-based policies
  2. Affirmative action
    1. Education
    2. Employment