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The Inequality Lab: Research on Social Inequality and Mobility

Description of research project
The Inequality Lab at the University of Michigan ( is a research and training laboratory that investigates the dynamics of social inequality and trains the next generation of inequality scholars. Current projects are focused on wealth inequality and its intergenerational consequences, the determinants and effects of social mobility, and the development of new data and methods to address these topics. You can find more information about the lab and its ongoing projects here:

Description of work that will be assigned to research assistants
Depending on your experiences and interest, you will be matched to one of our ongoing research projects. Your research assistance may include literature reviews, data preparation and analyses, editing of manuscripts, and other stages of the social scientific research process. Through this work, you will learn about a widely debated and important topic (social inequality and mobility), gain insights into the social scientific research process, and learn how to handle data and present analyses. You must be must be self-driven and able to work independently and prepare weekly reports on your progress to be read by project members. Knowledge of statistical programs (such as Stata or R) will allow your further integration into data analyses.

Supervising Faculty Member
Fabian T. Pfeffer, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Contact information
Fabian Pfeffer
4213 LSA

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