Economic Sociology Seminars

 Seminars take place on Wednesdays at MIT Sloan in E62-350 from 4:00-5:30 p.m unless otherwise noted.

Spring 2020🔗

  • February 19, 2020🔗

    Community Meeting

    Location: MIT E62-350

  • March 4, 2020🔗

    Adam Kleinbaum - Harvard


    Cultural Diversity Broadens Social Networks  

    Migration and mobility increase cultural diversity. Does this diversity have consequences for how a culture’s members interact, even in a new community? We hypothesized that people from regions with greater present-day and historical cultural diversity would forge more diversified social ties in a newly formed community, connecting otherwise unconnected groups. In other words, that they would become social brokers. We tested this prediction by characterizing the social networks of eight Master of Business Administration cohorts (N=2,250). Here we show that international students (N=776) from populations with diverse long-history migration were more likely to become social brokers than international students from less ancestrally diverse nations. American students’ (N = 1,464) brokerage scores were also positively related to their home counties’ indices of international connectivity (calculated from aggregate Facebook data). The results of this study suggest that more culturally diverse social environments — defined here at multiple geographic and temporal scales — endow people with socially adaptable behaviors that help them connect to new, heterogeneous communities.

  • April 15, 2020🔗

    Toby Stuart - Berkeley Hass

    Does Intra-household Contagion Cause an Increase in Prescription Opioid Use?


    We are extending the framework in the prescription opioid diffusion paper to study the effect of health shocks to one family member on the health consumption behavior of other members of affected families. I will describe the opioid paper, present early results on intra-family effects of health shocks and also on our second line of research on the referral network in healthcare, and then run a discussion on some idea about COVID and medical claims data. Happy to shift around according to what colleagues find most interesting.