About the Economic Sociology Seminar

Inaugurated at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1997, the Economic Sociology Seminar aims to be the home for cutting-edge economic sociology in the greater Boston social science research community. Since 2003, the seminar has been jointly run by faculty from the Sloan School's Economic Sociology Program and the Harvard Department of Sociology. Meeting at MIT and Harvard in alternating weeks during the academic year, presenters and participants represent a diverse array of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. What we share is a commitment to engage the array of research that has recently come under the heading of economic sociology and thereby to improve upon existing models of organizations, markets, and other key economic institutions.

The workshop meets bi-weekly on Wednesdays throughout the academic year. The Harvard workshops take place in William James Hall 1550 from 4:00-5:30PM unless otherwise noted. 

Schedule for MIT Economic Sociology Seminar Meetings


Upcoming Events

2022 May 11

Daniel Schneider (Harvard Kennedy School)

4:00pm to 5:30pm


WJH 1550

The Consequences of Unemployment for Service Sector Workers in the U.S. during COVID-19

The COVID19 pandemic caused a sharp negative shock to employment that was concentrated in the service sector. Yet, the pandemic recession was also met by an uncharacteristically generous social safety net response in the United States. A rich and longstanding literature examines the effects of unemployment on individual wellbeing. The COVID19 recession presents a key site to advance this literature by deploying stronger causal estimation strategies and by leveraging the...

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