Neoliberalism: A Pragmatic Approach

This project develops a pragmatic, policy-oriented perspective on neoliberalism’s causes and consequences.  The project is motivated by a belief that sociologists could make great contributions to practical policy debate were it to think about states-versus-market balance-related policy questions with a stronger focus cost-benefit orientation.

Read Centeno & Cohen (2012)

Read the introduction to Global Capitalism.


Household Financial Distress

This project is a data-driven look at the causes and character of U.S. household financial insecurity using Survey of Consumer Finances, Consumer Expenditure Survey, and OECD data.  The project ultimately highlighted the relationship between high spending, low savings, and weak social assistance programs for families and the working age population.

Read Cohen (2016)


Personal Finance & Entrepreneurship

This project takes a look at the personal financial costs, benefits, risks, and reward of starting businesses.


Wealth and Economic Policy Attitudes

This project uses data from the International Social Survey Programme to examine the relationship between personal wealth and political attitudes about redistributive policies.  The project examines how national context can shape class politics.  This project is a collaboration with Liza Steele of SUNY Purchase.


Personal Finances of Single People

Being single is one of the strongest predictors of financial precariousness.  The costs of remaining unpaired may be particularly high in the United States, where social welfare guarantees are weaker than other highly-developed countries.  We examine how being single affects household income, expenditure, asset, and debts.