Thomas A. DiPrete

Thomas A. DiPrete
Giddings Professor of Sociology
+1 212 851 9281
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601B Knox
601B Knox Hall, Mail Code: 9649, United States
Biographical Note: 

 Thomas A. DiPrete is Giddings Professor of Sociology, co-director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), co-director of the Center for the Study of Wealth and Inequality at Columbia University, and a faculty member of the Columbia Population Research Center.  DiPrete holds a B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.  He has been on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Duke University, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as Columbia. DiPrete’s research interests include social stratification, demography, education, economic sociology, and quantitative methodology.  A specialist in comparative research, DiPrete has held research appointments at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, the Social Science Research Center – Berlin, the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the University of Amsterdam.  His recent and ongoing projects include the study of gender differences in educational performance, educational attainment, and fields of study, the determinants of college persistence and dropout in the U.S., a comparative study of how educational expansion and the structure of linkages between education and the labor market contribute to earnings inequality in several industrialized countries, and the study of how social comparison processes affect the compensation of corporate executives.


2016 (forthcoming). T. DiPrete, Thijs Bol, Christina Ciocca, and Herman van de Werfhorst. “School-Work Linkages in France, Germany, and the United States.” American Journal of Sociology.

2016.  Allison Mann and T. DiPrete. “The Consequences of National Math and Science Performance: Gender Differences in STEM Aspirations. Sociological Science. DOI 10.15195/v3.a25.

2016.   Martha Bailey and T. DiPrete, editors. A Half Century of Change in the Lives of American Women. Special Issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Journal of the Social Sciences.

2015. Sigal Alon and T. DiPrete. “Orientation vs. Behavior: Gender Differences in Field of Study Choice Set.” Sociological Science. 2:50-81

2014. Joscha Legewie and T. DiPrete. “The High School Environment and the Gender Gap in Science and Engineering Degrees.” Sociology of Education, 87:259-280.

2014. Joscha Legewie and T. DiPrete. “Pathways to Science and Engineering Bachelor Degrees for Men and Women.” Sociological Science. 1:41-48.

2013. T. DiPrete and Claudia Buchmann. The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What it Means for American Schools. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press. 

      ----Winner, Outstanding Book Award, Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section of the American Sociological Asociation.

      ----Winner, Otis Dudley Duncan Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Social Demography.   Awarded by the Section on Population of the American Sociological Association.


2013. Matthew Pittinsky and T. DiPrete. "Peer Group Ties and Executive Compensation Networks." Social Science Research. 42: 1675-1692.

2013. Allison Mann and T. DiPrete. “Trends in Gender Segregation in the Choice of Science and Engineering Majors.” Social Science Research. 42: 1519-1541.

2012. Joscha Legewie and T. DiPrete. “School Context and the Gender Gap in Educational Achievement.”  American Sociological Review. 77: 463–485.

    -- Honorable Mention, Coleman Award of the ASA Section on Education.

2012. T. DiPrete and Jennifer Jennings. “Social/Behavioral Skills and the Gender Gap in Early Educational Achievement.” Social Science Research. 41:1-15.

2011.  Anne McDaniel, T. DiPrete, Claudia Buchmann, and Uri Shwed. “The Black Gender Gap in Educational Attainment: Historical Trends and Racial Comparisons.” Demography.  48: 889-914. (Winner, 2012 IPUMS Research Award).

2011. T. DiPrete, Andrew Gelman, Julien Teitler, Tian Zheng, and Tyler McCormick. “Segregation in Social Networks Based on Acquaintanceship and Trust.” American Journal of Sociology. 116:1234-1283.

2010. T. DiPrete, Greg Eirich, and Matthew Pittinsky. “Compensation Benchmarking, Leapfrogs, and the Surge in Executive Pay.” American Journal of Sociology. 115: 1671-1712. Condensed version forthcoming in Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective (4th edition), edited by David Grusky. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

2010. Jennifer Jennings and T. DiPrete.  “Teacher Effects on Academic and Social Outcomes in Elementary School.” Sociology of Education. 83:135-159.

2008. Ellen Verbakel and T. DiPrete. “Non-Working Time, Income Inequality, and Quality of Life Comparisons: The Case of the U.S. vs. the Netherlands.” Social Forces. 87: 679-712.

2008. “Gender Inequalities in Education.”  (Claudia Buchmann, T. DiPrete, and Anne McDaniel).  Annual Review of Sociology. 34: 319-337.

2007.  "Is this a Great Country?  Upward Mobility and the Chances for Riches in Contemporary America."  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 25: 89-95.

2007. “What has Sociology to Contribute to the Study of Inequality Trends?  An Historical and Comparative Perspective.” Journal of the American Behavioral Scientist. 50:603-618.

2006. The Growing Female Advantage in College Completion: The Role of Parental Education, Family Structure, and Academic Achievement. (Claudia Buchmann and T. DiPrete).  American Sociological Review 71:515-541. (Winner of the Willard Waller Prize by the ASA Section on Education).

2006. Work and Pay in Flexible and Regulated Labor Markets: A Generalized Perspective on Institutional Evolution and Inequality Trends in Europe and the U.S. (T. DiPrete, Eric Maurin, Dominique Goux, and Amelie Quesnel-Vallee). Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 24:311-332.

2006. Cumulative Advantage as a Mechanism for Inequality: A Review of Theory and Evidence (T. DiPrete and Greg Eirich). Annual Review of Sociology 32:271-297.

2006.  “What Have We Learned? RC28’s Contributions to Knowledge about Social Stratification.” (Michael Hout and T. DiPrete).  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 24: 1-20.

2004.  “Assessing Bias in the Estimation of Causal Effects: Rosen 2004.  “Assessing Bias in the Estimation of Causal Effects: Rosenbaum Bounds on Matching Estimators and Instrumental Variables Estimation with Imperfect Instruments.”  (T. DiPrete and Markus Gangl).  Sociological Methodology 34:271-310

2004.  “Estimating Causal Effects with Matching Methods in the Presence and Absence of Bias Cancellation.”  (T. DiPrete and Henriette Engelhardt).  Sociological Methods and Research  32(4): 501-528.  Awarded the 2005 SOEP Prize for the best published scientific paper during 2003 and 2004 using data from the German Socioeconomic Panel by the Association of Friends of the German Institute for Economic Science, Berlin (DIW Berlin).