The Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality provides a state-of-the-art overview of the study of inequality and human flourishing. Through rigorous lectures, students are also exposed to the tools needed to study inequality. These tools are are particularly important because the integration of psychological and sociological insights into the foundations of human behavior into conventional economic models requires new methods.

During this intense program, students attended lectures, engaged in discussions with leading faculty, presented their own research, and interacted with peers.

Students were selected from a diverse, competitive applicant pool and represent many disciplines including: economics, public policy, sociology, social thought, and social work. Faculty was selected by SSSI directors from the fields of economics, finance, statistics, and sociology.

The summer schoolwas open to Ph.D. candidates from around the world.

Lecturers and Topics

Martha Bailey, University of Michigan: Gender and Inequality

Lawrence Blume, Cornell University: Social Networks

Flavio Cunha, Rice University: Early Childhood Investments

Manasi Deshpande, MIT: Does Welfare Inhibit Success?

Steven N. Durlauf, University of Wisconsin–Madison:  Genes and Socioeconomic Outcomes

Nathaniel Hendren, Harvard University: Inequality, Mobility and the Welfare Analysis of Redistributive Policies

Scott Duke Kominers, Harvard University: Market Design Approaches to Inequality

Jeffrey Smith, University of Michigan: Program Evaluation

Christopher Taber, University of Wisconsin–Madison: Estimation of Policy Counterfactuals