Muskie School of Public Service

Muskie Lunch & Learn with Dr. Deborah Strumsky

Join the Muskie School and Cutler Institute at our Lunch and Learn session!  We will meet via Zoom (link below) on Wednesday, March 9 from Noon to 1 p.m.   We are delighted to host Dr. Deborah Strumsky, an economist at the Maine Center for Business and Economic Research for a presentation and conversation about her research:

How We Rise: How social networks impact economic mobility

Our economy provides tremendous opportunities for individuals to prosper, but those opportunities are not equitably shared. The ability to access opportunity is a function of our social networks, although this may be intuitively obvious, little work has been done to quantify the network mechanisms involved. In partnership with the Brooking Institute, a study was conducted about how an individual’s social network shapes their economic mobility. Social networks were constructed based on data from a large-scale survey conducted in 4 cities. Social networks were compared by demographic group, especially race, income, and gender. The study specifically assessed networks in terms of their value for access to opportunities and resources in three domains: jobs, education, and housing. 

Deborah Strumsky is an economist who joined the Maine Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) in the Fall of 2020. Her research has focused on the study of innovation, technological change, and the relationship between invention and economic growth. She is a Santa Fe Institute Research Fellow with significant expertise in complex adaptive systems modeling. She is a Faculty Fellow at the Jönköping International Business School located in Jönköping in Sweden and served as a Brookings Institute fellow on multiple projects. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, and the Edward Lowe Foundation

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    Meeting ID: 812 6956 2085