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Feb 2 2016 | Stanford Report
A new Stanford report shows that, compared with other well-off countries, the United States has the worst overall ranking on key poverty and inequality indicators. The United States is dead last on many poverty and inequality outcomes when compared with other well-to-do countries, according to a...
Jan 8 2016 | The New York Times
AMERICANS work some of the longest hours in the Western world, and many struggle to achieve a healthy balance between work and life. As a result, there is an understandable tendency to assume that the problem we face is one of quantity: We simply do not have enough free time. “If I could just get a...
Jan 7 2016 | Stanford Report
'Bad' inequality on the rise, Stanford scholar says Rising inequality is primarily driven by market and institutional forces, not tax policy, Stanford sociologist David Grusky says. He suggests that changes in areas like education and labor markets can produce fair and open competition, thus...
Dec 11 2015 | Stanford Report
Stanford sociologist Robb Willer says terrorism generally serves to sharpen national boundaries and increase nationalist spirit. However, scholars are largely in uncharted territory in regard to how terrorism will affect the 2016 presidential campaign, as prior research has focused primarily on...
Dec 11 2015 | Washington Post
Robb Willer was interviewed about the role of racism in the 2016 presidential election in the Washington Post, the threat of terrorism and the 2016 presidential election in New York Magazine.
Nov 23 2015 | New York Times
Robb Willer and Matthew Feinberg's article on the key to political persuasion was published in the NY Times.
Nov 23 2015 | Stanford Report
Stanford sociologist Karen Cook found that people with less power want their more powerful partners in negotiations to be trustworthy and act according to that desire. People in low-power situations are significantly more trusting of more powerful people than vice versa, new Stanford research shows...
Nov 23 2015 | Los Angeles Times
Robb Willer's research on inequality and generosity is the focus of a new article in the Los Angeles Times.
Oct 14 2015
Mark Granovetter's well-known theory on riots is profiled in Malcolm Gladwell's latest piece in The New Yorker. The article is also highlighted in NPR's Morning Edition. How School Shootings Spread An increasingly ritualized form of violence is attracting unexpected perpetrators. http://www....
Oct 12 2015 | Stanford Report
New research shows how to make effective political arguments, Stanford sociologist says. Stanford sociologist Robb Willer finds that an effective way to persuade people in politics is to reframe arguments to appeal to the moral values of those holding opposing positions.