Social Sciences Forum

Alexes Harris: “A Pound of Flesh”

Social Sciences Forum Alexes Harris, Professor of Sociology, University of Washington “A Pound of Flesh” Wednesday, March 7, 4:30–5:30 p.m. University Center Lounge Harris will discuss her book, A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions as Punishment for the Poor, in which she presents her research about the contemporary relationship between the United States’ systems of …

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Deirdre McCloskey: “Human Values and The Great Enrichment”

Social Sciences Forum Mullen Lecture, Department of Economics Deirdre McCloskey: “Human Values and The Great Enrichment” Monday, October 23, 4 – 5 p.m. Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th Floor Deirdre McCloskey’s talk will focus on how workers’ economic conditions improve when they are given a chance to live in a better functioning economy. But how do …

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The Persistence of Racial Inequality: An Intergenerational Perspective

Social Sciences Forum — Mullen Lecture “The Persistence of Racial Inequality: An Intergenerational Perspective” Robert Mango, Professor of Economics, Boston University Monday, May 1, 4 p.m. Albin O. Kuhn Library 7th floor New benchmark estimates of Black-White income ratios for 1870, 1900, and 1940 are combined with standard post-World War census data. The resulting time …

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Surnames and Social Mobility: Why So Much Persistence of Status Across Generations?

Social Sciences Forum Gregory Clark, professor of economics, University of California-Davis  Wednesday, September 9 | 4 pm Albin O. Kuhn Library 7th Floor  How much of our fate is tied to the status of our parents and grandparents? Using a novel technique—tracking family names over generations to measure social mobility across countries and periods—renowned economic …

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Data and Discipline: Sampling the Science of Economic Turnaround

Social Sciences Forum Thursday, February 12 | 4:00 p.m. Peter Blair Henry, Dean of New York University’s Stern School of Business Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery  The mathematical underpinnings of the “dismal science” can yield surprising results with the power to impact millions of lives around the globe. Using examples from his book, Turnaround: Third …

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Economic Freedom and the Wealth and Health of Nations

Social Sciences Forum Monday, October 13 | 4:00 p.m.  Robert A. Lawson, Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom, The O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, Southern Methodist University Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th floor Dr. Lawson and his colleagues produce the annual Economic Freedom of the World Index.  Dr. Lawson will …

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The Unforseen Anticompetitive and Racially Discriminatory Effects of Baseball’s North American Draft

Social Sciences Forum Thursday, September 18  | 4:00 p.m. Stephen F. Ross, Director, Penn State Institute for Sports Law, Policy, and Research, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law University Center, Room 312 When Major League Baseball instituted its amateur draft in 1966, elite players honed their sills in widely available competitions organized by high schools …

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The Golden Age of Higher Education is Over

Social Sciences Forum Thursday, March 6 | 4:00 p.m. “The Golden Age of Higher Education is Over” Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Economics and Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, 7th Floor This event, the annual Mullen Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Economics. Professor Ehrenberg will explain why the financial …

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The Value of Statistical Life

Thursday, September 13, 4:00 p.m. 7th Floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery Kip Viscusi, Vanderbilt University Distinguished Professor “The Value of Statistical Life” Social Sciences Forum Mullen Lecture Sponsored by the Department of Economics The value of statistical life (VSL) is the tradeoff between small levels of risk and money.  This measure …

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