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Webinar: Report launch: Justice and Fairness in Europe




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Speakers: Guillermina Jasso (New York University), Bernhard Kittel (Vienna University), Stefan Liebig (SOEP at DIW Berlin and FU Berlin)

Series: European Social Survey Report Launch

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A new European Social Survey (ESS) publication will be launched by a selection of its authors at this online event. ESS Topline Results issue 10: Justice and Fairness explores attitudes towards economic and educational inequalities as well as views on the fairness of income, opportunities and political procedures. The new report is written by the team of external academics who initially proposed the module of questions in 2016.


Over the past few decades, European societies have witnessed unprecedented increases in wealth and income inequalities. Faced with more flexible labour markets, skill-based technological change, ongoing demographic change and migration, European welfare models have been unable to effectively address these rising inequalities. Accordingly, inequalities in wealth, income, education and other social resources and their consequences for solidarity, social cohesion, and democracy more generally have attracted much attention, both in academic and public debate. Whether these inequalities are large or small, good or bad, just or unjust, always seems to depend on the normative perspective from which they are illuminated. Empirical justice research indeed shows that people differ in their preference for certain distributions and distribution rules and thus ultimately also in their perception and evaluation of existing inequalities.

The latest ESS Round 9 - fielded in 2018/2019 in 27 countries - features the module ‘Justice and Fairness in Europe: Coping with Growing Inequalities and Heterogeneities’ and maps justice perceptions across Europe. The module features questions on perceptions of justice for self and others regarding different outcomes such as income, education and job chances. Drawing on this rich pool of information, this presentation will give an introduction to the module and present first results on the normative views people across Europe hold on the principles that should guide the fair allocation of goods and burdens within a society, the fairness of incomes for self and for others, the fairness of life chances, and the fairness of political procedures.

About the Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Guillermina Jasso is a Professor of Sociology and Silver Professor of Arts and Science at New York University. She is an elected member or fellow of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, the Sociological Research Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has written extensively on basic sociobehavioral theory, distributive justice, status, international migration, and inequality.

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Kittel is Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Vienna and principal investigator in the DFG research group “Need-based justice and distributive procedures” (FOR 2104). His current main research interests are justice attitudes, group decision-making, and marginal groups in the labor market. He is currently directing the Austrian Corona Panel Project.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Liebig is the Director of the Socio-Economic Panel and a member of the DIW Berlin Executive Board and is Professor for Empirical Social Structure Analysis at Freie Universität Berlin. He previously held professorships at the Universities of Bielefeld, Duisburg-Essen, and Trier. His research deals with the perception and evaluation of social inequalities and issues of survey methodology.

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12.00pm - 2.00pmFriday 2nd October 2020