Economy and Society

Economic sociology analyzes economic phenomena such as markets, corporations, property rights, and work using the tools of sociology. It shares economic theory’s attention to the role of interests and rationality, but also emphasizes the importance of social relations and social institutions. Cornell’s economic sociologists have looked at the transition to capitalism and its effects on markets, the role of trust in economic life, the classical foundations of modern economic sociology, the relationship between law and the economy, entrepreneurship, and the social organization of labor markets.

The interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Economy and Society, which is housed on the 3rd floor of Uris Hall, is a major resource for research in economic sociology at Cornell. Another on-campus resource is the joint JGSM-ILR Workshop in Markets and Organizations.

Related people

Image of Mabel Berezin
Mabel Berezin

Distinguished Professor of Arts & Sciences in Sociology, Director of the Institute for European Studies

Image of Eli Friedman
Eli Friedman

Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Labor

Image of Dan Hirschman
Dan Hirschman

Associate Professor

Image of Karen Levy
Karen Levy

Associate Professor of Information Sciences

Image of Vida Maralani
Vida Maralani

Associate Professor

Image of Chris Marquis
Chris Marquis

Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise

Image of Victor Nee
Victor Nee

Frank and Rosha Rhodes Professor of Economic Sociology, and Director of the Center for the Study of Economy and Society

Image of Cristobal Young
Cristobal Young

Associate Professor

All research areas

Community and Urban Sociology    Computational Social Science    Culture    Economy and Society    Gender    Inequality and Social Stratification    Methodology    Organizations, Work and Occupations    Policy Analysis    Political Sociology and Social Movements    Race, Ethnicity and Immigration    Science, Technology and Medicine    Social Demography    Social Networks    Social Psychology    Sociology of Education    Sociology of Family    Sociology of Health and Illness