"Where does social change come from? Or, how to decompose almost anything." will be presented by Glenn Firebaugh, Roy C. Buck Professor Emeritus of American Institutions and Sociology and Demography at Pennsylvania State University on Monday, September 25, 2017.
Glenn studies three types of inequalities: income inequality, neighborhood inequality, and inequality in life expectancy. His 2003 book, The New Geography of Global Income Inequality (Harvard University Press), was designated as an "Outstanding Academic Book" by Choice Magazine. Recently he has been studying racial differences in neighborhood quality (as measured by neighborhood poverty rates and average incomes) as well as racial disparities in life expectancy. He has also contributed to social science methods, and his book The Seven Rules for Social Research (Princeton University Press) is used in graduate methods courses.
I use decomposition methods to address four questions in this talk: Why did life expectancy decline in 2015 in the United States? (Declines in life expectancy are unusual in rich countries.) Why has black residential segregation declined in the U.S. since 1980? What accounts for the change in racial neighborhood inequality since 1980? Where does social change come from (focusing on changes in women’s voting rate in the U.S.)? I conclude by attempting to answer a fifth question: How was Cliff Clogg able to accomplish so much during an academic career that spanned less than two decades?
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Rooms 331 and 330 Thomas Building
5:00pm - 6:00pm - Room 102 Thomas Building
Opening Remarks - David Hunter, Statistics Department, Head
Introduction of Speaker - Jennifer Van Hook, Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography
Where does social change come from? Or, how to decompose almost anything - Glenn Firebaugh, Roy C. Buck Professor Emeritus of American Institutions and Sociology and Demography
About Clifford C. Clogg Memorial Lecture
The annual Clogg Lecture is a memorial to the academic career and scholarship of Clifford C. Clogg, who served the Departments of Sociology and Statistics at Pennsylvania State University for nearly twenty years, beginning in 1976. A Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Professor of Statistics, he enjoyed an international reputation in demography, quantitative methods and statistical analysis. In addition to his service to the University, he was recognized for his contributions to the National Science Foundation. He was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and special honors, and was a beloved colleague.