The WZB Distinguished Lectures in Social Sciences

The WZB Distinguished Lectures in Social Sciences aims to showcase the work of leading social scientists whose careers exemplify the same combination of frontier research and policy relevance that the WZB stands for. The series will consist of at least one economist, one sociologist and one political scientist per year, yet the series will place an emphasis on work that is of interdisciplinary interest.

Upcoming lectures

November 22, 2018

Democracy and Distribution:  Why Inequality Persists and Even Grows in Democracies and What Can Be Done about It

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Ian Shapiro, Yale University

 
Past lectures
November 15, 2018

Rethinking Growth: The Schumpeterian Perspective

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Philippe Aghion, Harvard University

October 10, 2018

Educational Systems and the Core Tasks of Schooling: Social Mobility, Work, and Civic Engagement

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Herman van de Werfhorst, University of Amsterdam

October 19, 2017

Bridging the Divide: Can Effective Political Communication Overcome Political Polarization?

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Robb Willer,
Stanford University

October 12, 2017

Household Behaviour and the Dynamics of Inequality

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Sir Richard Blundell, University College London

October 11, 2016

How to be an Anti-capitalist for the 21st Century

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Erik Olin Wright, University of Wisconsin-Madison

October 4, 2016

Critical Junctures and Institutional Spillover: How 9/11 is Changing the American State

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Sidney G. Tarrow

May 9, 2016

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Matthew Desmond, Harvard University

January 19, 2016

The Impact of Aggregators and Intermediaries on News Consumption

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Susan Athey, Stanford Graduate School of Business

December 16, 2015

Democracy and Elections in the 21st Century

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Pippa Norris, Harvard University and University of Sydney

October 28, 2015

Cohabitation and Family Complexity

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Elizabeth Thomson

October 22, 2015

Repugnant Markets and Forbidden Transactions

WZB Distingished Lecture in Social Sciences by Alvin E. Roth

April 21, 2015

Warum der Euro Europa spaltet, statt es zu einen

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences mit Wolfgang Streeck

November 6, 2014

Three Paths to Constitutionalism - and their Authoritarian Alternatives

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Bruce Ackerman, Yale University

October 27, 2014

Durable Inequality and Life-Course Change: Trajectories of Contextual Mobility in a 17-year Study of Chicago Children

WZB Distinghished Lecture in Social Sciences by Robert J. Sampson, Harvard University and Boston Area Reserarch Initiative

May 23, 2014

China's Great Convergence and Beyond

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Fabrizio Zilibotti, University of Zurich

October 14, 2013

Counter-Multilateralism: How New Coalitions Challenge International Institutions

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Robert Keohane, Princeton University

May 23, 2013

Gender Quotas and the Crisis of the Mediocre Man: Theory and Evidence from Sweden

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Torsten Persson, Stockholm University

March 26, 2013

Sucker Punched by the Invisible Hand: The Spread of the Worldwide Financial Crisis, 2007-2010

WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Neil Fligstein, UC Berkeley

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Educational Systems and the Core Tasks of Schooling

WZB Distinguished Lecture by Herman van de Werfhorst

October 10, 2018

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Household Behaviour and the Dynamics of Inequality. WZB Distinguished Lecture by Sir Richard Blundell, October 10, 2017

 

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Critical Junctures and Institutional Spillover: How 9/11 is Changing the American State. WZB Distinguished Lecture by Sidney G. Tarrow, October 2016

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Bridging the Divide: Can Effective Political Communication Overcome Political Polarization? WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Sir Richard Blundell.