30214 Advanced Seminar

SoSe 15: Changing Inequalities in Rich Countries

Jutta Allmendinger

Information for students

The sessions 16.04.15, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, room B 002/003 23.04.15, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, room B 002/003 30.04.15, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, room B 002/003 07.05.15, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, room B 002/003 28.05.15, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, room B 002/003 11.06.15, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, room B 002/003 18.06.15, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, room B 002/003 close

Additional information / Pre-requisites

Requirements: Students are expected (1) to read Salverda et al., 2014, a cross-national summary report covering a recent project on social inequalities, funded within the framework 7 program (FP 7) of the European commission. In addition, country reports for national in depths studies are provided. (2) to systematically study the theoretical framework and methods used in the literature. (3) to write four short essays (5-7 pages, Times New Roman, line spacing 1.5) on four different topics covered in the seminar program. To this end, additional literature will be needed. Students are required to conduct their own literature search. You may want to use different EU- and OECD reports covering the different dimensions of inequality (education at a glance, etc.) (4) to attend all meetings and to actively engage in discussions on the topic, both in class and with invited guests. close


Design: We will study the extent of socio-economic inequality, its sources, consequences and possible remedies. Both lecturers prefer to teach interactively, no front-up teaching can be expected. Having achieved a basic understanding of concepts, theories and empirical evidence in the first part of each session, we will apply our knowledge in discussions with decision makers from politics, unions and the private sector in the second part of each session. Each discussion will be thoroughly prepared. The format is quite open for additional elements, suggestions are welcome. close

Suggested reading

Salverda, Wiemer/Nolan, Brian/Checchi, Daniele/Marx, Ive/McKnight, Abigail/Tóth, István György/Van de Werfhorst, Herman (2014): Changing Inequalities in Rich Countries. Analytical and Comparative Perspectives. Oxford University Press. Allmendinger, Jutta/Von den Driesch, Ellen (2014): Inequalities matter. Review for the European Commission. Mimeo. close

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