sunday morning sociology, wage stagnation edition

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The Economist covers new research by Autor and Fournier about the stagnation of wages for Americans without college degrees and how, in particular, there is no longer an urban wage premium for these workers.

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sunday morning sociology, 2019 first edition

“Of all stories mentioning Muslims or Islam, 78 percent are negative, compared with only 40 percent of those about Catholics, 46 percent about Jews and 49 percent about Hindus.” More discussion in the Washington Post.

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sunday morning sociology, 2018 in numbers edition

Number of refugees resettled in the U.S. falls below total from the rest of the world for the first time in 2017
Pew reports on 18 trends from 2018, including the depressing fact that “The number of refugees resettled in the U.S. decreased more than in any other country in 2017. That year the U.S. resettled 33,000 refugees, the lowest total since the two years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and a steep drop from 2016.”

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for most people, sociology is just as authoritative as economics

Sociologists engage in a lot of hang-wringing about the perception of the field. One theory goes that sociology is not perceived as scientific enough and, as a result, sociologists are not taken as seriously. The usual comparison is to economics, which is seen as both incredibly influential in policymaking and as being endowed with more scientificity by various actors.

In contrast, Beth Popp Berman and I, along with other scholars who study economists’ influence, have argued that the political power of economics (vis-a-vis sociology) does not run primarily through general public opinion about scientificity. Rather, we argue that economists are influential because of their role in particular policymaking institutions (like the Federal Reserve) and through shaping the mindset of policymaking elites (in law schools and public policy schools, say).

A new paper by sociologists Scheitle and Guthrie (S&G) provides evidence in support of this claim through a clever survey experiment (pdf here). Continue reading “for most people, sociology is just as authoritative as economics”

sunday morning sociology, monopoly edition

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Big companies are getting bigger, as David Leonhardt discusses in the NYT.

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sunday morning sociology, solar powered edition

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Solar panels have fallen in price by 99% in the last 40 years, defying predictions time and time again. David Roberts at Vox expands on what this progress means for fighting climate change.

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