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Technological Change, Inequality and Social Stratification

Nov 30 2022 - Dec 02 2022

Technological Change, Inequality and Social Stratification

The "Trento School of Applied Quantitative Research" provides advanced training on key social science research topics using an analytical approach based on sociological, economic, demographic, statistical and computer science perspectives.

The School aims to provide a systematic integration of the theoretical, methodological and technical ‘cutting-edge’ aspects of applied quantitative research.

The School is addressed to PhD students, post-docs and early-stage researchers of universities, public and private research institutions. Official language of the School is English.

The third edition focuses on Technological Change, Inequality and Social Stratification.

The School will be held on-site in Trento, Italy, from November 30th to December 2nd, 2022. They nonetheless might be forced to switch to a hybrid or online mode according to the development of the pandemic.



The substantive topics include the role of Technology, Institutions and Demographic Change in shaping income inequality; the impact of Robotization, AI, and Algorithmic Management on jobs availability, job quality and employment structure; as well as the dynamics and mechanisms of intergenerational mobility.
The methods sessions provide a specific focus on (1) data, research design and analytical tools applied to the analysis of technologically induced structural change; (2) decomposition techniques and measurement of inequality using survey data; and (3) the use of machine learning for the study of intergenerational mobility.

Morning session

The presentation of on-going research or recently published papers with a detailed discussion of the research design, theoretical framework and the innovative contribution with respect to the previous literature.

Afternoon session

An applied session to address the research strategies and methodological techniques used to implement the analysis of the research questions in the studies at stake.
In this session participants will discuss and apply the methods and techniques characterizing the topic and the works presented in the morning.

The statistical software Stata and/or R will be used.

The Trento School of Applied Quantitative Research will give participants the opportunity to learn the conceptual steps and empirical tools needed to develop theoretically-guided empirical research, which uses high-quality data and advanced analysis techniques.



Enrique Fernández-Macías

Enrique Fernández-Macías is the coordinator of the Employment and Skills team of the Joint Research Centre at the European Commission, developing a research programme on the socio-economic implications of automation, digitisation and platformisation of work. He also worked as a researcher in Eurofound (Dublin), participating and coordinating the European Working Conditions Survey or the European Jobs Monitor. He has published numerous policy-oriented and academic papers and his main research interests lie between economics and sociology, focusing on work and employment issues such as the division of labour and change in employment structures, Job quality and working conditions, Technical change, work and employment, Wage inequality, European labour markets and labour regulation.

Matteo Sostero

Matteo Sostero is a Researcher at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, where he leads the project on Skills Intelligence. A labour economist by training, he has published research on occupational digitisation, innovation, and wage inequality.
As a member of the Employment team in the Human Capital and Employment unit Matteo conducts research related to the Future of Work, and co-edits the JRC Labour, Education and Technology working paper series.

Zachary Parolin

Zachary Parolin is currently Assistant Professor at Bocconi University and Senior Fellow at the Center on Poverty & Social Policy, Columbia University. His research focuses on the measurement, causes, and consequences social inequality across the United States and European Union. His papers have been published in several respected journals including American Sociological Review, Socio-Economic Review, Demography, Journal of European Social Policy, Social Forces. He has been recently awarded an ERC starting grant from the European Research Council for ExpPov, a research project aiming to find a new conceptual approach for understanding poverty and a new methodological framework for the collection of data related to the experience of poverty.

Michele Raitano

Michele Raitano is Full Professor of Economic Policy at the Department of Economics and Law at the Sapienza University of Rome where he teaches Political Economy and Economics of Inequality. He is also member of ESPN-European social policy financed by European Commission– DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. His main research interests include Economic inequality and wage distribution, Long-term individual income dynamics, Intergenerational inequality and social mobility, Welfare state and pension systems, Human capital, and Labour market institutions. His papers have been published in several respected journals including Journal of European Social Policy, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Inequality, Social Indicators Research, Review of Income and Wealth, Applied Economics.

Francesco Bloise

Francesco Bloise is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics and Law – at the Sapienza University of Rome where he teaches courses of Policy Evaluation and in Econometrics. His papers have been published in several respected journals including The Journal of Economic Inequality, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Review of Income and Wealth, International Journal of Manpower. His main research interests include Intergenerational mobility, Income inequality, Applied microeconomics and Labour economics.



The application will open by September 15th, 2022.

To apply, please upload the required documents at the link they will publish on this website.

  • Your short curriculum vitae (1-2 pages)
  • A short motivation letter specifying your own research topics (1-2 pages)
  • Please, upload PDFs ONLY

The application closes October 16th, 2022.

The results of the selection procedure will be notified by October 23th, 2022.



Only selected candidates can register.

Standard participant

  • The fee for participation is € 160; it includes tuition, coffee-breaks and lunches during the 3-day event and the social dinner

UniTrento enrolled

  • Selected candidates enrolled at the University of Trento are fee-exempted, but they need to register in any case



The link to the online registration will be sent to the eligible and selected candidates.

Note: Participants will be responsible for the costs of board and lodging in Trento.
Accommodations at agreed rates will be notified to the participants.


University of Trento
Trento, Italy