Training Focuses on Practitioners and Master’s Students

Since 2012, the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (HCEO) has invested in the next generation of scholars through an annual Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality (SSSI). Held at colleges and universities around the globe, SSSI programs have brought together diverse groups of Ph.D. students to learn how to integrate psychological and sociological insights into the foundations of human behavior and conventional economic models in order to examine inequality and human flourishing. Building upon this model, this summer HCEO organized its first summer school geared towards practitioners and master’s students. Held July 30 through August 3, 2018, at The University of Chicago, the Masters-Level Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality gave participants a state-of-the-art overview on the study of inequality through lectures from leading faculty representing a broad array of disciplines.

Participants traveled from 19 institutions around the world to attend the summer school, which began with a lecture from the program’s organizer, HCEO Co-Director Steven Durlauf, on intergenerational mobility. Columbia University Professor Kimberly Noble followed with an overview of neuroscience and her research on socioeconomic status and the brain. Participants also heard from Dr. Dana Suskind, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago and Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, who presented a public health approach to early learning; UChicago School of Social Service Administration Professor Harold Pollack, who discussed crime and inequality; Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Richard V. Reeves, who discussed class immobility and opportunity hoarding; Branko Milanovic, LIS Senior Scholar at the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, who lectured on global inequality; and UChicago Harris School of Public Policy Professor Damon Jones, who lectured on tax policy and inequality.

Students continued their conversations at SSSI outside of the classroom through meetings with faculty, a welcome dinner, and through HCEO’s social media channels. At the week’s conclusion, one participant remarked that it was a “wonderful program” and several shared the sentiment that their new knowledge would be very helpful in their academic and professional endeavors.

To read more, visit the HCEO site here.