The Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality, jointly organized with HCEO, provides a state-of-the-art overview on the study of inequality and human flourishing.


HCEO/briq Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality (SSSI)

The Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality provides an intensive one-week experience that teaches the tools needed to study questions related to inequality and human flourishing and also to communicate a sense of the research frontier in this area. Participants learn about the integration between psychological and sociological insights into the foundations of human behavior and conventional economic models. Through rigorous lectures students are trained on various tools needed to study the issue of inequality. During the Summer School students attend lectures, engage in discussions with leading faculty from around the world, present their own research, and interact with like-minded peers across the globe.



  • 2022
  • 2018
  • 2016


The SSSI is held every two years with the next summer school taking place in summer 2024.
The summer school is jointly organized by briq and The Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (HCEO). Co-Organizers are Armin Falk, briq and University of Bonn, Steven Durlauf, University of Chicago, and Pia Pinger, University of Cologne and briq.
The summer school provides a state-of-the art overview of the study of inequality and human flourishing. It brings together world-renowned researchers with outstanding doctoral and early postdoctoral scholars from economics, public policy, sociology, social thought, and social work. The highly selective intake of students, intense contact with lecturers, and advanced topics covered provoke meaningful and engaging interactions between lecturers and students.
The summer school takes place for 5 days (Monday through Friday).
Participation is free, housing and some meals are provided for all admitted students.
The school is open to Ph.D and early postdoctoral scholars around the world.
Applicants should be either pursuing a doctoral degree or be affiliated with a research institution as postdoctoral researchers. As the admittance is selective, application should include evidence of higher than average academic and research performance, as well as interest in the school’s topics.
Applications are due April 30, 2022.
There is no need or specific materials to prepare for the summer school. Interested students are invited to check out HCEOs website for material from previous (online) summer schools and to study the lecturers’ most recent research.
Yes, in general participants are expected to present their own research at one of several poster sessions.
Faculty will be available for discussion after lectures, during breaks, office hours, and social events.

contact us

For all inquiries related to the summer school

Stefanie Sauter

Senior Organizational Manager
+49 (228) 3894-701
briq - Behavior and Inequality Research Institute GmbH
Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 5–9
Bonn 53113