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

2020 Oct 07

Summer Jackson (MIT)

4:00pm to 5:30pm



Understanding Organizational Inequality at ‘Well Intentioned’ Companies: The Case of ShopCo’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policies and Practices

Hiring platforms promise to aggregate qualified racial minorities and use algorithms to match available candidates with employer vacancies—thereby giving organizations racial minority “talent on demand.” As such, they are often highly sought out by organizations looking to diversify their workforce—the current market research indicates a quarter of companies use AI-based hiring tools for recruitment. In a 20-...

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2020 Oct 21

Amir Goldberg (Stanford)

4:00pm to 5:30pm



More Than Identity: Perceived Construal Distance and Interparty Animosity in the United States

What leads people to feel negatively about members of other social groups? While recent work has mostly focused on the strength of group identity, we propose that...

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2020 Nov 04

Simon C Friis (MIT)

4:00pm to 5:00pm



Theories of Value in Evaluations of Category Spanning: Evidence From a Live Streaming Platform

How do categories constrain strategic choice and valuation? Numerous studies by economic sociologists and organizational theorists document the tendency for audiences to penalize offerings that span multiple categories. A prominent explanation for this observation, prototype theory, casts the penalty as an invariant behavioral tendency. This explanation is problematic because it cannot account for variation...

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