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 Oct 19

András Tilcsik (Rotman School of Management)

4:00pm to 5:30pm


WJH 1550

Money, Morals, and Mandates: The Effectiveness of Economic, Moral, and Legal Justifications for Promoting Diversity in Personnel Decisions

(with Patrick Rooney and Sarah Kaplan)

Organizations often justify diversity and inclusion programs by emphasizing the business case for action; however, scholars have begun to suggest that alternative rationales may be more effective. This paper examines the impact of the business case along with two other organizational justifications or “cases” for diversity—legal and moral—in...

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2022 Dec 07

Edward Chang (Harvard Business School)

4:00pm to 5:30pm


WJH 1550

Concrete Diversity Goals Attract Female Applicants, but Managers Resist Using Them

Many organizations struggle to attract a demographically diverse workforce. Can adding a concrete goal to a public diversity commitment (e.g., “We care about diversity” versus “We care about diversity and plan to hire at least one woman or racial minority for every White man we hire”) help organizations attract applications from historically marginalized groups? Concrete diversity goals could raise belongingness concerns amongst marginalized group members...

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