Training in theory construction linked to empirical research

The Economic Sociology Lab, directed by Victor Nee, seeks to provide training in theory construction linked to empirical research. The Lab’s research projects employ an advanced mixed methods approach in the study of economic action. Its latest research topics include New York City’s regional knowledge economy, the sources of billionaire wealth in the twenty-first century, comparative regional advantage, and immigration.

Lab Members and Training

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Economic sociology at Cornell has ranked as a top-10 graduate training program for over two decades. The U.S. News and World Report (2021) ranks Cornell’s graduate program in economic sociology top-6 among those of Berkeley, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and the University of Michigan. The Economic Sociology Lab offers mini-grants to lab members for collaborative research in economic sociology and organizations. The mini-grants are given directly to lab members and can be applied for again in subsequent years—the application is based on a peer review process. The Lab also provides the opportunity to serve as graduate research assistant on on-going research projects. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students can take the Economic Sociology Lab for course credit.

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A Day With the Lab

Photography: Dave Burbank

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“Actors do not behave or decide as atoms outside a social context ... Their attempts at purposive action are instead embedded in concrete, ongoing systems of social relations.”— Mark Granovetter