The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy is now open.  Our office hours are from: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. Please refer to the COVID-19 Resource Guide for all matters related to the return to campus.  All visitors and vendors must fill out the Columbia University Health Screening Form.  We look forward to seeing you on campus.


Wealth and Inequality Seminar Series

The Center for the Study of Wealth and Inequality (CWI) Seminar Series is sponsored by Columbia University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research Policy (ISERP) and is devoted to the investigation of social and economic inequality.  The Seminar invites speakers from both within and outside of Columbia to present recent papers covering a wide range of topics pertaining to inequality, such as poverty, labor market behavior, education, and the family.  The research topics and methodologies are at the cutting edge of the interdisciplinary study of wealth and inequality, as the CWI Seminar invites speakers from multiple social science disciplines and fields.  Past speakers include Annette Lareau, Adam Gamoran, Timothy Smeeding, Lisa Kahn, Mario Small, Rob Warren and Florencia Torche, among numerous others.

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We will be holding CWI virtually in Fall 2020 on Thursdays from 2-3pm throughout the semester. Information about accessing the Zoom seminar links will be sent before each talk.

Fall 2020 CWI Talks

Thursday, October 22ndJordan Brensinger, Ph.D. Student, Columbia Sociology Department,  “Personal Data and the Production of Economic Insecurity” 

Thursday, October 29th – Joanna Dressel, Ph.D. Student, The Graduate Center at CUNY Sociology Department, “The Startup City – Startup Ecosystems as Urban Economic Development Strategy in Buffalo and Brooklyn, NY”

Thursday, November 12th – James T. Carter, Ph.D. Student, Columbia Business School, “What’s the Value of Talking the Talk: Consequences of (In)Consistency between Social Claims and Actions on Stakeholder Perceptions” 

Thursday, November 19th – Tiffany Huang, Ph.D. Student, Columbia Sociology Department,  Title TBA

Thursday, December 3rdSandra Portocarrero, Ph.D. Student, Columbia Sociology Department,  “How Ambiguity around Diversity and Inclusion turned Pride into Shame.”


Faculty Sponsor: 

Yao Lu

Associate Professor of Sociology


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