Brown Bag Seminars

The Brown Bag Seminars (BBS) offer an opportunity to share empirical research findings and to confront ideas among colleagues. In particular, the BBS aim to contribute to the debate on the evolution of (social) inequalities – sociology's object of study par excellence – in all its forms in 'post-industrial' societies. We are convinced that a rigorous empirical analysis of social inequality can both contribute to the enhancement of the current scientific debate and to the training of future social scientists.
The BBS are open to everyone who is willing to follow two simple rules: presentations are focused on original theory-driven empirical pieces of research, and the discussion is open regardless of academic status.


Previously BBS have been supported by the ERC-project 'FamIne' (Families of Inequalities) which has recently been incorporated in the CSIS research unit.



 BBS 2017-2018                                                       


 ECSR 2017, TIY2017, ESPAnet

Oct 12*

Geographical mobility and occupational achievement in contemporary Italy.
[POSTER - starts at 12:30]

Gabriele Ballarino and
Nazareno Panichella (University of Milan)

Oct 19*

Race and Stratification in U.S. College Enrollment over Time. [POSTER]

Daniel Klasik (George Washington University)

Nov 10*

Less State, more Family? Restructuring long-term care policies in northern Europe and intergenerational solidarity. [POSTER]

Barbara Da Roit (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)

Feb 8

to come

Ludovica Gambaro (DIW Berlin)

Feb 22*


Economic Integration and Electoral Outcomes in Italy


Mauro Caselli, 
Andrea Fracasso and
Silvio Traverso (University of Trento)

March 8

Family transitions and employment trajectories: a life course perspective 

Emanuela Struffolino (WZB)

March 23*

to come

Henriette Engelhardt-Woelfler (University of Bamberg)

April 5

Is Italian sociology still in the doldrums? La produzione scienitifica dei sociologi italiani nelle due VQR

Emilio Reyneri (University of Milan-Bicocca)


Gender Inequality in Italian Academic

Maria De Paola (University of Calabria)

May 10*

Income Mobility

Karin Kurz (University of Göttingen)

*) Date outside the usual schedule


 BBS 2016-2017                                                       

07-10 Sept

 24th Annual Workshop Transition in Youth (TIY) University of Trento

05 Oct.*

Deviations from normative family trajectories and life satisfaction at older ages. [POSTER]

Bruno Arpino
(Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

03 Nov.


Determinants and trends of in-work poverty in a Southern European context. A longitudinal analysis. *POSTPONED*

Paolo Barbieri &
Giorgio Cutuli
(University of Trento)

12 Dec.*

Educational Reproduction: A Prospective Approach [POSTER]

Richard Breen
(University of Oxford)

02 March

The generation gap: a cohort analysis of earnings levels, dispersion  and initial labor market conditions in Italy, 1974-2014 *POSTPONED*

Alfonso Rosolia

31 March*

The motherhood wage gap and discrimination: Swiss evidence from  panel data and a factorial survey experiment [POSTER]

Daniel Oesch
(University of Lausanne)

 03 April*

Does genetic influence on education change across neighbourhood? [POSTER]

Nicola Barban
(University of Oxford)

04 May

Gender effects in research evaluation [POSTER]

Roberto Torrini
(Banca d'Italia)

09 June*

Does gender trump family ties? Intra-couple and inter-siblings sharings of caring responsibilities for elderly parents and in-laws [POSTER]

Tiziana Nazio 
(University of Turin)

*) Date outside the usual schedule


 BBS 2015-2016                                                       

10 -12 Sept

ECSR Conference 2015: Cumulative Inequalities in the Life CourseTallinn University, Tallin

22 Oct.*

Changes in the Satisfaction of Cohabitors relative to Spouses over time

Daniele Vignoli 
(University of Florence)

05 Nov.

Cosmologies of Destinations: Roots and routes of Eritrean forced migrants towards Europe [poster]

Milena Belloni
(University of Trento)

16 Dec.*

Una mappatura delle disuguaglianze sociali nell'istruzione. L'Italia in prospettiva comparata. [posterSala Professori 14:30 

Moris Triventi

04 Feb.

Intergenerational mobility in the very long run: Florence 1427-2011. [posterStarts 13:00

Sauro Mocetti
(Banca d'Italia)

03 March


Early and late career trajectories in the Netherlands.


Maarten Wolbers
Mark Visser 

(ITS, Radboud University)

14 April*

The Euro are wage distribution over the crisis.

Alfonso Rosolia

05 May

Presentation of the book "Capitalismi a confronto. Istituzioni e regolazione dell'economia nei paesi europei" [poster]

Luigi Burroni
(University of Florence)

12 May

Todo mundo es composito de mudaçao. International Workshop in honor of Hans Schadee

09 June

What Future for the Eurozone? [poster]

Ton Notermans
(University of Tallin)

29 June


Parental Support During The Transition to Adulthood [poster]


Anna Manzoni
(North Carolina State University)

*) Date outside the usual schedule

 BBS 2014-2015                                                       


ECSR Conference 2014: Social Inequalities in Europe - On the Rise Again?  Berlin 23-25 September


9 Oct.

The Effects of 9/11 on Attitudes Toward Immigration and the Moderating Role of Education (Teachers' Room at the first floor)

Simone Schüller 
(IRVAPP - Trento)

6 Nov.

Italian workers careers by educational attainments: new evidences from AD-SILC

Michele Raitano (University of Rome "La Sapienza")

4 Dec.


The consequences of union dissolution for employment in Italy and the United States 

Michele Lugo
Paolo Barbieri
(University of Trento)

22 Jan.


Economic crisis, welfare-labour market arrangements and unemployment in Europe (POSTPONED)

Paolo Barbieri
Giorgio Cutuli
(University of Trento)

5 Feb.

The Bologna Process in Italy. A reassessment of its influences on university enrolments and inequalities of educational opportunities

Antonio Schizzerotto (FBK-Irvapp e UniTN),
Loris Vergolini (FBK-Irvapp)

26 March

Economic crisis, welfare-labour market arrangements and unemployment in Europe

Paolo Barbieri and Giorgio Cutuli (University of Trento)

16 April

Do information contacts increase labor market inequality? Social ties, job access and wages for the unemployed

Daniel Oesch (University of Lausanne)

7 May

"You are not meant for it". An ethnography on middle school teachers' guidance practices

Marco Romito (UniMI)

4 June

Is education the great equalizer? Family background, education and occupational attainment in comparative perspective

Gabriele Ballarino (UniMi)


 BBS 2013-2014                                                       

19 Sep.*

Expansion of schooling and educational inequality in Europe

Francesco Scervini (UniTO)
Elena Meschi (UniVE)

14-16  Oct.

ECSR CONFERENCE - 'Developments in Social Inequality and Social Cohesion' Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands


7 Nov.

The incorporation of immigrants in the receiving labour market. Usual and innovative ways of analysis for the Italian case

Emilio Reyneri & Giovanna Fullin (UniMIB) 

12 Dec.

Couple inequalities in time devoted to paid and unpaid work. The role of unobserved gender motivation.

Alvaro Martinez-Perez 
(University of Sheffield)

9 Jan.

Perceived fairness and the gendered division of labour: some preliminary findings from an experimental vignette design

Renzo Carriero  & Lorenzo Todesco (UniTO)

 6 Feb.

Education and fertility in a cross-national context

Ian Ross Macmillan

(DONDENA, Uni Bocconi) 

 27 March

Comparative policy perspectives of happiness and parenthood
STARTS: 1pm 

Letizia Mencarini (UniTO)

3 April

Discussing the

the concept of Integration: Towards an Interactive, Multidimensional and Dinamic Process Conceptualization 

Marc Swyngedouw   (Uni Leuven)

22 May

Education and Social Mobility in Italy in the XXth century

Carlo Barone & Raffaele Guetto (UniTN)

5 June

Only a vocation? Labor market opportunities, occupational choices and the quality of the teaching workforce

Gianluca Argentin (UniMIB)

  *) date outside the usual schedule


 BBS 2012-2013                                                       

13 Sep.*

Inequality reduction through vocational paths? 

Steffen Schindler
(HIS & Uni Hannover)

04 Oct.


De-commodification and de-familisation in western Europe: 
a reassessment through the living standard approach


Federico Podesta' (OPES UniTN)
Sonia Marzadro (OPES UniTN)

08 Nov.


Divorce in multiple equilibria - an application to Germany 


Daniela Bellani (UPF Barcelona) 
Gosta Esping-Andersen (UPF Barcelona)

06 Dec.


Secularization or religious revival? Measuring church attendance trend in Italy using multilevel analysis

Ferruccio Biolcati Rinaldi (UniMI)
Cristiano Vezzoni (UniTN)

 17 Jan.*

Employment regimes, labour market dualism and inequality in Europe

Paolo Barbieri (UniTN)
Giorgio Cutuli  (UniTN)

 07 Feb.

Is Fertility in the Genes?
Unravelling gene-environment interactions and fertility

Nicola Barban (Univeristy of Groningen)

 07 March

Social-origin inequalities in educational careers in Italy. Performance or decision effects?

Dalit Contini  (UniTO) 
Andrea Scagni

04  April

Insegnare a insegnare? La valutazione di due politiche formative per insegnanti di scuola media

Giovanni Abbiati (UniMi)

16-18 May

>> ISA-RC28  with lots of interesting papers 


06 June

Early career patterns in Italy: a cross-cohort comparison

 Emanuela Struffolino (UniMIB)

 *) date outside the usual schedule 


 BBS 2011-2012                                                       

15 Sep.*

Inequality of opportunity for young people in Italy: understanding the role of circumstances (poster)

Gabriella Berloffa (UniTN)
Francesca Modena (UniTN) and Paola Villa (UniTN)

21 Oct.*


The European Values Study 1981-2008: four waves of comparative research. What can we learn from it and how can we use the data on the micro and macro level (poster)

Ruud Luijkxs (Tilburg)


03 Nov.


Educational Achievement Gaps Between Immigrants and Native Students in Two “New Immigration Countries”: Italy and Spain in comparison (poster)


Davide Azzolini (UniTN), 
Philipp Schnell (Univ. of Vienna) and John Palmer (Univ. of Princenton)

01 Dec.

Sono razionali gli attentatori suicidi? (poster)

Domenico Tosini (UniTN)

19 Jan.*


Institutional Reforms and Educational Attainment in Europe: a lung run perspective (poster)


Michela Braga (UniMI)
Daniele Checchi (UniMI), and Elena Meschi (UniVE Ca Foscari)

02 Feb.

Does the Gender Wage Gap Grow Through the Early Career? (poster)

Leen Vandecasteele (EUI)

01 March

The Weight of the Genetic and Environmental Dimensions in the Inter-Generational transmission of Educational Success

Mario Lucchini (UniMIB), and Sara Della Bella (UniTN)

16 March*



Presentazione del Rapporto sulla Scuola in Italia 2011 della Fondazione Agnelli (poster)


Stefano Molina e Gianfranco De Simone (Fondazione G. Agnelli)

12 April

Much Ado About Nothing: Threat of Grade Retention and Education Reforms in Italy (poster)

Erich Battistin, Ilaria Covizzi, and Antonio Schizzerotto (IRVAPP)

03 May

How far is the capital city? Geographical remoteness as an element of the centre-periphery cleavage, and its impact on individual vote choice (poster)

Lorenzo De Sio (Luiss), and
Cristiano Vezzoni (UniTN)

07 June

And Their Children After Them? Estimating the Effect of College on Educational Reproduction (poster)

Richard Breen (Yale)



 BBS 2010-2011                                                       

4 Nov.

Povertà e Deprivazione in Europa

Sabrina Carrossa (UniTN)

2 Dec.

Geographic Mobility and Reproductive choices of Italian Men

Raffaele Guetto (UniTN), and
Nazareno Panichella (UniMI)

13 Jan.

The Two Last Decades of Inequality Trends in Italy: the changing structure of inequality and the “losing generation”

Marco Albertini (UniBO)

10 Feb.

Divisione del Lavoro Domestico e Percezione di Giustizia: il ruolo dei confronti interpresonali, Un modello di simulazione

Renzo Carrieri (UniTO)

3 Mar.

Educational Expansion, Equality of Opportunity and Credential Inflation: a comparative analysis

Gabriele Ballarino (UniMI), and Fabrizio Bernardi (EUI)

7 Apr.

Intergenerational and intragenerational social mobility in a micro-class perspective

Reinhand Pollak (WZB)

5 May


Il gioco d’azzardo: l’iniquità di una tassa volontaria. La relazione tra condizioni socio-economiche, partecipazione e spesa nei giochi tra le famiglie italiane, 1999-2009.

Moris triventi (UniMIB), and
Simone Sarti (UNIMI)


9 Jun.

I trasferimenti finanziari a favore degli studenti universitari: una valutazione d’impatto

Loris Vergolini e Nadir Zanini (IRVAPP)