Giacomo Vagni

Assistant Professor, University of Essex


Welcome to my professional page!

I am a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex. I was previously a Max Weber Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. You can view my profile on the Essex University website.

I completed my PhD in Sociology at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

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Research interests

Families, inequality, time-use, demography, computational social science.

Research Summary

My research addresses the question of inequality in everyday life. I investigate how families, gender and social class structure people’s daily activities such as paid work, housework, leisure, sleep and care. My work lies at the intersection of Family Sociology, Gender Sociology, Social Stratification and Time-Use Research. My work is not only concerned with inequalities within countries but also comparatively explores inequalities between countries and through time. I use a number of quantitative surveys in my work, such as time-use surveys and household panel surveys, combining a variety of statistical methods, such as sequence analysis, fixed-effects models, synthetic control methods, etc.

selected publications

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    From Me to You
    Giacomo Vagni
    Sociology, 2022
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    Earnings and income penalties for motherhood: estimates for British women using the individual synthetic control method
    Giacomo Vagni, and Richard Breen
    European Sociological Review, 2021
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    The Social Stratification of Time Use Patterns
    Giacomo Vagni
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    Patterns of Everyday Activities across social contexts
    Giacomo Vagni, and Benjamin Cornwell