Institutions and Inequality

Research focal area

The research focal area Institutions and Inequality studies inequalities in (post-) industrialized societies and particularly focuses on the impact of stratifying variables (social origin, education, gender and ethnicity) on three outcome pillars: stratification (concerning outcomes in the domains of education, work, and income), political behaviour and opinions, and living arrangements. The central focus is on the impact of institutions and structures on such inequalities.

Inequality has certainly not vanished

In the past decades the nature of inequalities has changed substantially. Income inequality has risen in a number of countries, at the level of both individuals and households. Poverty rates have gone up and later stabilized. Inequalities of educational opportunities by social class and ethnicity have decreased, but certainly not vanished. Many of these kinds of inequalities not only change across time, but also vary significantly across countries.

The initiator of the research focal area is prof. dr. Herman van de Werfhorst.

  • dhr. prof. dr. H.G. (Herman) van de Werfhorst

    H.G.vandeWerfhorst@uva.nl | T: 0205257376

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Carried out by the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS)

Institutions and Inequality is carried out by the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS), which was founded in 2010. The Centre aims to bring together researchers from Sociology, Political Science, Demography, Educational Science and Economics, to study the impact of institutions on inequalities in the fields of labour, education and politics. The AMCIS aims to put Amsterdam on the academic map as a place where Inequality is studied, in the same way as has been achieved in the United States at Stanford, Columbia, Yale and Cornell universities.

Collaboration UvA and VU

AMCIS, located at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Amsterdam, is collaborating with other UvA faculties and with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. AMCIS forms the home community of inequality researchers of these various institutes, with a PhD community, research seminars, and collaborative research projects.

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13 oktober 2015