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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.

Health, Sibship Size, and Economic Exchanges Between Siblings in Adulthood

Join us on December 5 for a talk by Christine Percheski, Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University.

Stone Center Visiting Fellowship

We are now accepting applications for a Visiting Fellow for the 2024-25 academic year. The CID Visiting Fellowship provides an early-career social scientist with funded time to pursue their research in an intellectual community with a culture of engagement and collaboration.

Towards Equitable Housing as a Human Right in the U.S.

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Associate Dean and Professor Kathy Velikov and WAM Study Director Fabian Pfeffer have released the second of a two-video series that explores the divides and radical new approaches to propose solutions at different scales that make quality housing available for all. The all too obvious state of two extremes — those who have extreme wealth and those who live in poverty and housing instability — is undeniable, unsustainable, but resolvable.

Inequality Scholar Spotlight: Nishaad Rao

Between 1999 and 2019, income and house prices have diverged across local areas in the U.S. as some cities have seen persistent growth in their labor markets while others have not. These divergent trends across labor and housing markets have an effect on wealth, especially housing wealth, which persists across generations. CID Student Fellow Alumni Economist Nishaad Rao asks how the local markets of parents shape their children’s wealth and affect wealth inequality.

CID 2022 Annual Report Now Available

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.


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