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Sociology Colloquium | Michael Hout | Education and social mobility: Rethinking old work in light of new results

Friday, March 11, 2022 at 3:00pm to 4:15pm

Virtual Event

As part of the Spring 2022 Sociology Colloquium, the Department of Sociology invites you to attend the lecture with guest speaker Michael Hout, Professor of Sociology, Director of Center for Advanced Social Science Research at NYU hosted by Assistant Professor Landon Schnabel

Education and social mobility: Rethinking old work in light of new results

Education mediates much of the association between class origins and destinations — more so for people from lower classes than upper classes. Florencia Torche famously call the pattern “the great equalizer.” It is a special case of heterogenous returns to education.

Hout will summarize recently published results on negative selection (Cheng et al. 2021), forthcoming results on college graduation (Voss, Hout, and George 2022), and unpublished results on heterogeneity by occupation (Hout and Martin-Caughey 2022) and discuss their implications for how we might put the findings on heterogeneity to use in reducing inequality. Focusing on college admissions, he concludes that university admissions are too uniform in their criteria for admission and limit mobility relative to their potential due to their lack of variation. More implications may emerge from the heterogeneity by occupation analysis (which is on-going).

About the speaker

Michael Hout is Professor of Sociology, Director of Center for Advanced Social Science Research at the New York University. His research uses demographic methods to study social change in inequality, religion, and politics mostly in the USA and Europe, but occasionally in other countries. For much of his career, Hout has been involved with the General Social Survey (GSS), a long-running NSF project. His current work uses the GSS to study changing occupational hierarchies and social mobility and long-term trends associated with political polarization. 

Through the pandemic he has been active in the Societal Expert Action Network (SEAN), sponsored by the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. We have issued a number of Rapid Expert Consultations that suggest how social science evidence can lead to better social policies and contribute to public health.

 

 

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Sociology

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cascal, soccal

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sociology-events@cornell.edu

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Paulina Velazquez Solis

Speaker

Michael Hout

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New York University

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https://sociology.cornell.edu/

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