ENSAE Paris - École d'ingénieurs pour l'économie, la data science, la finance et l'actuariat

Sociological perspectives on inequality


PRÄG Patrick

Département : Sociology


This course introduces students to current debates and controversies around social inequality, encompassing topics such as the gender pay gap, intergenerational social mobility, neighborhood segregation, or ethnic discrimination on the labor market.  The course will confront sociological perspectives on the issues with those from economics, demography, and psychology.


  1. Income and wealth inequality
  2. Gender inequalities
  3. Ethnic inequalities
  4. Intergenerational transmission of advantage
  5. Education
  6. Poverty
  7. Neighborhood segregation
  8. Health
  9. Families
  10. Early childhood education
  11. Occupations and organizations
  12. Globalization


Calarco, Jessica McCrory. 2020. “Avoiding Us versus Them. How Schools’ Dependence on Privileged ‘Helicopter’ Parents Influences Enforcement of Rules.” American Sociological Review 85(2)223–46, DOI:10.1177/0003122420905793.

Chetty, Raj, et al. 2017. “The Fading American Dream, Trends in Absolute Income Mobility since 1940.” Science 356(6336)398–406, DOI:10.1126/science.aal4617.

Tomaskovic-Devey, Donald, et al. 2020. “Rising Between-Workplace Inequalities in High-Income Countries.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117(17)9277–83, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1918249117.