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States and Markets

This specialization of States and Markets is supported by new developments in economic sociology that focus on the social and political bases of market processes, and in political sociology on the impact of state-level institutions and political processes on social and economic outcomes. Taken together these advancements suggest that states and markets are embedded in each other and co-construct one another in important ways. Many important topics studied by faculty within our department – migration behavior, health outcomes, environmental problems, labor market outcomes, and community development – are shaped by this interaction of politics and markets. Developments in the discipline inspire new trajectories of inquiry that motivate the research agendas of a critical core of faculty in the department. Click for a more detailed description of this specialization area (including a list of recent faculty publications and research projects).