The course the Learning Unit is based on introduces the analysis of inequalities in income, wealth, access to education, gender, and ethnicity. Three sets of core questions will be tackled:

  1. How does inequality evolve over the path of development?
  2. What are the theories that can explain the level of inequalities and its dynamics?
  3. How do policies affect inequalities?

This course will also show how data can be used to understand and address these important social and economic problems, by introducing basic methods in data science, including regression, causal inference. Students will be assigned empirical projects that will give students hands-on experience in working with data from the World Inequality Database, the OECD, the IPUMS International and the Opportunity Insights.

Learning Community Activities

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Past activities

Series of online guest lectures

  • Dec  8 , 16h30-18h30 CET : Andrea Salvatori (OECD) on labor market inequalities: presentation of Employment Outlook and discussion of the unequal impact of the crisis. Q&A will follow. Andrea will present some of the findings from the recent OECD Employment Outlook on the unequal impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the policy challenges arising from the new cost-of-living crisis.
  • Dec 1 , 16h30-18h30 CET : Francesca Carta (Bank of Italy) on gender inequalities: general presentation of the effects of families policies on firms. Examples of projects carried out at the Bank of Italy. Q&A will follow.
    In spite of the large increase in women’s education and employment rates, gender inequalities in the labour market are persistent in all countries in the world. Among European countries, Italy shows one of the largest gaps in labour market participation and employment rates. Filling this gap would contribute to sustained economic growth. The Bank of Italy has run two important projects aimed at explaining the sources of gender inequalities in Italy. In this presentation, I will focus on how fertility decisions and the family dimension affect female labour outcomes.
  • Nov 17 , 16h30-18h30 CET : Ilf Bencheikh (J-PAL Europe): general presentation of RCTs and of J-PAL work, in non technical terms. Examples from a sector, for example microfinance. Q&A will follow.  

How to get involved?

(Students and educators)
Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri ( and Karen Triquet (

Learning Community Members

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Lead: Stefania Marcassa (CY). Email:

Stefania Marcassa (female) is an associate professor of Economics at CY Cergy Paris Université. She is also member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group. Prior to her appointment at CY, she had a PostDoc position and taught at the Paris School of Economics (2009-2011), University of Minnesota (2004-2009), and was a Research Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (2006-2009). She earned her Ph.D in Economics at the University of Minnesota in 2009.
She is an applied economist, specializing in the analysis of gender-relevant research, empirical household economics, and economic history. She has published her work in international economics journals, such as the Explorations in Economic History, BE Journal of Macroeconomics, Labour, IZA Journal of Labor Policy. Her work has been reported on Libération, and Toronto Star. She is involved in several research grants: the National French Research Agency (ANR) in 2017-2022 (Family and Inequality) and 2018-2022 (Technology and Job Polarization).
She is the Gender Equality Officier of CY Cergy Paris Université, the scientific coordinator of the H2020 LeTSGEPs project, and a researcher in the E-WinS project. She is also the representative of CY in the International Consortium for Gender Equality on Campus (AUF). Since 2020, she co-organises a Webinar in Gender and Family Economics.
Link to her personal webpage:

Partner: Catalina Ilaneza (UPF). Email:

Catalina is an applied micro-economist specialized in quantitative methods, currently researching issues related to housing and health. She is a PhD-candidate in Economics at the University of Girona and Adjunct Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Business at Pompeu Fabra University, as well as at TecnoCampus (UPF). Additionally, she participates as impact evaluator of a housing project pursued by Urban Innovative Actions and as a researcher at the Chair of Housing and Future (APCE-UPF). At the university she teaches the following courses: data analysis, research methods, economics of the public sector and global inequalities. This last course, related to her LC, is built around the analysis of historical trends and current developments in the field of income distribution, as well as trends and measurement of gender and health inequalities.

Partner: Hajdeja Iglič (UL). Email:

Hajdeja Iglič studied sociology at the University Ljubljana and Columbia University where she earned her Ph.D. Since 2000 she has been employed in the Sociology Department at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, where she teaches subjects like Social Inequalities and Politics, Political Sociology, Introduction to Sociology, Social Capital, Social Networks, and Introduction to Critical Thinking and Scientific Writing. She collaborates with researchers in the Research Centre on Strategy and Governance at the University of Ljubljana, where she leads a multi-year research program on Network Based Governance. Her research work includes topics on personal networks, social capital, political attitudes and behaviour, social inequalities and elites. She participated in several international research projects: Eastern European Elites Before and After the Transition; Citizenship, Involvement, Democracy; Economic Change, Quality of Life and Social Change; Efficient and Democratic Multilevel Governance in Europe. She was a Slovenian coordinator for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programme in Comparative Local Development and Joint Doctoral Program on Global Dynamics and Local Development. She has been publishing in international journals such as International Sociology, Scientometrics, American Behavioral Scientist and European Societies. Since 2020 she has been the president of the Slovenian Sociological Association.

Partner: Simona-Gabriela MASCA ​(UBB). Email:

Simona-Gabriela MASCA is affiliated at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She obtained her PhD in Finance (Economics) in 2007 with a joint supervised thesis by Babes-Bolyai University, Romania and University of Orleans, France. Since 2014, she is Associate Professor at Department of Finance, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Finance Department, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Her research areas include topics such as public finance, income inequality, government policy, government efficiency, economic growth, foreign direct investments, and taxation.

other partners coming soon