The Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics (CID) is an open and multidisciplinary research center, bringing together students and faculty from a variety of fields, including sociology, economics, public policy, social work, philosophy, education, and others. It pursues cutting-edge research and innovative teaching on one of the central societal challenges of our time: social inequality. With a focus on the dynamics of social inequality, CID’s scientific mission is to develop a better understanding of changes and stability in social inequality across time, generations, and sociopolitical contexts. The center also helps expand the social scientific data infrastructure available to support research on these topics and increases the accessibility of high-quality data for inequality researchers everywhere.
The Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics is pleased to welcome Katie R. Genadek, Director of the Decennial Census Digitization and Linkage project at the U.S. Census Bureau, on October 4 as she presents, “The impact of expanded contraceptive access on educational attainment and poverty in early adulthood.”
Our 2022 Stone Center Annual Report is now available. Within, you’ll find some of the biggest news and accomplishments of the center over the past year, including the latest progress on the Wealth and Mobility Study (WAM), skill building, new awarded projects, and more. Download the report to learn more.
Today, the International Day of the Worker, wealth inequality in the United States is higher than in any other rich country in the world.
On the one side, immense amounts of wealth, such as the wealth of Elon Musk, are concentrated at the top, on the other side, one in ten U.S. households have no wealth and are actually in debt. CID Faculty Director Fabian Pfeffer and Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Creative Practice at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Kathy Velikov explore this imbalance in a video—and suggest an approach to help level the wealth playing field.
People often think of home and work as two separate aspects of their lives, but the line continues to blur for many working Americans. With inflation and rising costs, more and more people are turning to side gigs and second sources of income – often from their own homes. Sociology doctoral candidate and CID Student Fellow Luis Flores has dedicated his career to studying these practices through a historical framework, termed “home-based moneymaking.” Luis studies how labor markets, wealth, and social inequality are shaped by changes to the political and regulatory boundary between home and market in the United States.