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 2020-2021

1 Oct.

Time, money, and parenthood in the United States: the role of (grand-)parental support. (link)

Roberta Rutigliano
(University of Groningen)

12 Nov.

Temporary employment risk: A comparative study of trends and group distribution in European countries (link)

Jonathan Latner
(University of Bamberg)

17 Dec.



21 Jan.*

The impact of Covid-19 related school policies on students in their final high school years.

Silke Anger

18 Feb.



11 March


Jan Van Bavel 
(KU Leuven)

18 March*

Migration, Class Attainment and Social Mobility. An Analysis of Migrants’ Socio-Economic Integration in Italy

Nazareno Panichella 
(University of Milan)

15 April


Gundula Zoch
(LifBi - Bamberg)

20 May*

The impact of transversal skills on the labour market: evidence from the semantic analysis of online job postings

Fabio Manca

3 June


Philipp M. Lersch 
(Humboldt University of Berlin)

in collaboration with the Doctoral School of Social Science

BBS 2019-2020

12-14 Sept.

ECSR 2019 "Inequality Over the Life Course"

17 Oct.*

Breadwinning, Main-earning and Subjective Wellbeing (link)

Agnese Vitali
(University of Trento)

7 Nov.

Persistent in Persistent Inequality at Birth. Socioeconomic Differences in Birth Outcomes in Three British Cohorts (link)

Marco Cozzani 

12 Dec.

Immigration and self-employment in Western Europe (link)

Gabriele Ballarino (UniMI)

23 Jan.*

Segregation and polarization: two sides of the same coin or not? Insights from computer simulation studies and empirical research (link)

Andreas Flache
(University of Groningen) 

13 Feb.


Trade liberalization and labor market institutions (link


Arlo Poletti
(University of Trento)
Mattia Guidi
(Siena University)

26 March

Women’s Relative Resources and Couples’ Gender Balance in Financial Decision Making in Europe *POSTPONED*

Jan Van Bavel
(KU Leuven)

3 April

What determines voting behaviors of Muslim minorities in Europe: Muslim identity or left-right ideology? *POSTPONED*

Marc Swyngedouw
(KU Leuven)

6 April

Ethnic Educational Inequalities *POSTPONED*

Karen Phalet
(KU Leuven)

21 May*

Ethnic diversity and social integration *POSTPONED*

Frank Kalter
(Mannheim University)

4 June

Does schooling affect social inequality in achievement? New evidence from a causal design. *POSTPONED*

Giampiero Passaretta

* in collaboration with the Doctoral School of Social Science


Past seminars

BBS 2018-2019

27 Sept.

Transitioning toward more equality? Wealth gender differences and the changing role of explanatory factors over time [POSTER - Starts at 12:30]

Daniela Piazzalunga (University of Verona)

17 Oct.

Intergenerational Occupational Reproduction in Comparative Perspective: Cross-sectional and Over-time Variations in 56 Societies. [POSTER - Starts at 14:00]

Harry BG Ganzeboom
(University of Amsterdam)

8 Nov.*

Care Availability and Matthew Effect. [ POSTER - Starts at 11:00]

Emmanuele Pavolini 
(University of Macerata)

4 Dec.

Returns to education from different perspectives. Macro determinants, micro mechanisms, and unconventional educational pathways in the trasition/s from school to work. [Starts at  13:30]

Simone Virdia
(University of Trento)

14 Jan.

Welfare - Workfare? Seminar Organized by the LIW  [Link]


21 Feb.

Educational Inequality and Educational Transitions  [Starts at  14:00 - POSTER]

Juho Härkönen

20 March

 Complex Contagions and the Diffusion of Innovations: Evidence from a Small-N Study. [POSTER]

Gianluca Manzo
(CNRS & University of Paris-Sorbonne) 

11 April

Science under siege? Modern-day discontents and the public legitimacy of science [POSTER]

Peter Achterberg 
(Tilburg University)

23 May

Fertility Drain or Fertility Gain? The Effect of Emigration on Fertility in Italian Provinces during the Great Recession.

Nicoletta Balbo (UniBocconi)

06 June

No evidence of discrimination against women in peer review in 145 scholarly journals.

Flaminio Squazzoni
(University of Milan)

13 June

Parental separation and child wellbeing: addressing different separation scenarios.

Raffaele Grotti 

20 June

Joint Graduate Conference DRSS, BAGSS, UPF, TiU..... at UPF 

 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

Does Mobility Affect Child Development? A Comparative Study of Pre-school Children in the UK and the US.  [POSTER]

Ludovica Gambaro (DIW Berlin)

Feb 15*

Is Cultural Participation a Positional Good?
[starts at 10:00 POSTER]

Tally Katz-Gerro (Manchester University)

Feb 15*


Economic Integration and Electoral Outcomes in Italy
[starts at 14:30 POSTER]


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

March 8

A new tool for old questions: The Sequence-Analysis Multistate Model procedure for estimating the relationship between time-varying covariates and trajectories [POSTER]

Emanuela Struffolino (WZB)

March 22*

Book presentation - "La famiglia è in crisi" FALSO! [POSTER]

Maria Castiglioni,
Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna (UniPadova)

March 22*

Family, Firms, and Fertility: A study of Network effects [POSTER]

Henriette Engelhardt-Woelfler (University of Bamberg)

April 5

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

Emilio Reyneri (University of Milan-Bicocca)

May 17 

The Effect of Multigrade Classes on Cognitive and non- Cognitive Skills. Causal Evidence Exploiting Minimum Class Size Rules in Italy. [POSTER]

Maria De Paola (University of Calabria)

May 31 

Student Loan Debt and Riskiness: Consequences for Later Life Transitions [POSTER]

Anna Manzoni (Carolina State University)

June 7

Employment Protection Legislation and Mismatch: Evidence from a Reform [POSTER]

Fabio Berton & Francesco Devicienti (University of Turin)

*) 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. 

Bruno Arpino
(Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

03 Nov.


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

Paolo Barbieri &
Giorgio Cutuli
(University of Trento)

12 Dec.*

Educational Reproduction: A Prospective Approach 

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 

Alfonso Rosolia

31 March*

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

Daniel Oesch
(University of Lausanne)

 03 April*

Does genetic influence on education change across neighbourhood? 

Nicola Barban
(University of Oxford)

04 May

Gender effects in research evaluation 

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 

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 

Milena Belloni
(University of Trento)

16 Dec.*

Una mappatura delle disuguaglianze sociali nell'istruzione. L'Italia in prospettiva comparata. 

Moris Triventi

04 Feb.

Intergenerational mobility in the very long run: Florence 1427-2011. 

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" 

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? 

Ton Notermans
(University of Tallin)

29 June


Parental Support During The Transition to Adulthood


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

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)

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)

*) Date outside the usual schedule

 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 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 

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 

Ruud Luijkxs (Tilburg)


03 Nov.


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


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

01 Dec.

Sono razionali gli attentatori suicidi? 

Domenico Tosini (UniTN)

19 Jan.*


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


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

02 Feb.

Does the Gender Wage Gap Grow Through the Early Career?

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


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

12 April

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

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 

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

07 June

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

Richard Breen (Yale)

*) Date outside the usual schedule

 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)

*) Date outside the usual schedule