Guillermina Jasso – (Martha Foschi Honorary Lecture, 2019)

“From Fairness & Status to Parental Love & Toy Sales, Proportion Disadvantaged & Polarization, Ethnic Percent Split & Segregation, Outsiders/Insiders & Theft, Military Theater Location & PTSD, and Wage Inequality & Divorce Rates: The Care for Basic Research”

There is much we want to know about the way the social world works. What causes this or that? What factors are implicated in this or that? But more deeply we seek the first principles that drive the things we see and we work heard to discern the routes they follow. This talk describes three theory forms – two deductive and one inductive – discussing their testable predictions and propositions and the kinds of empirical work to which they lead. Examples are provided throughout, and the state of knowledge assessed. Finally, the talk discusses the prospects for discovering quantitative laws in sociology, with special attention to two forms of laws – laws that relate variables and laws that describe the distributions of variables.


Guillermina Jasso (New York University) will be presenting as part of the Seminar Series.