The 1st Annual Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality was hosted at the University of Chicago from July 9-15, 2012 under the direction of Steven N. Durlauf and James J. Heckman. The program brought together 37 doctoral students from across the globe to spend a week in Chicago with the goal of providing exposure to a multidimensional approach to the study of inequality and human flourishing. During this intense week, students attended lectures, engaged in discussions with faculty, presented their research, and received feedback from faculty and their peers. Students were selected from a diverse, competitive applicant pool and represented many disciplines including economics, social thought, social work, sociology, and public policy. Thanks to Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking, residence hall lodging and community meals were arranged to provide students more opportunities to discuss their work and the relationships among their research areas.

Professors James Heckman and Steven Durlauf designed a program that brought together a diverse faculty from the fields of economics, finance, statistics, and epidemiology to give lectures and discuss research with students at organized dinners, poster sessions, and office hours. The 2012 lecturers and topics included those listed below.

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Inequality : An Overview I
Inequality: An Overview II
Identity and Inequality I
Measuring Inequality I
Measuring Inequality II
Abduction - Modes of Inference I
Abduction - Modes of Inference II
Education and Inequality I
Education and Inequality II
Market Design I
Families and Inequality I
Families and Inequality II
Market Design II
Social Interactions I
Social Interactions II
Early Childhood Inequality
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