Yuval Elmelech

Associate Professor of Sociology; Director, Sociology Program; Research Associate, Levy Economics Institute

Academic Program Affiliation(s): American Studies, Jewish Studies, Sociology

Academic Expertise: Sociology

Area of Specialization: Social stratification, social demography


B.A., M.A., Tel Aviv University; Ph.D., Columbia University. Author of Transmitting Inequality: Wealth and the American Family (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008). Articles and book chapters in Social Science and Medicine; Social Forces; Social Science Research; Sociological Inquiry; Megamot; Housing Studies; Russian Jews on Three Continents; Wealth Accumulation and Communities of Color in the United States; Global Aging and Challenges to Families. At Bard since 2001.


  • Research Interests: Poverty; wealth inequality; intergenerational transfers; immigration and racial/ethnic inequality; marriage and family
  • Teaching Interests: Social stratification; sociology of the family; social problems; Israeli society; research methods (quantitative)
  • Other Interests: Gender inequality; attitudes toward redistributive policies; subjective well-being; homeownership


2015-09-01 — Publication
“Public Preferences for Redistributive Policies in Israel,” Levy Institute Working Paper No. 815
Website: http://www.levyinstitute.org/publications/public-preferences-for-redistributive-policies-in-israel

2012-12-01 — Publication
"Ethnic Inequality in the Education of Immigrants and Second Generation Immigrants: A Reexamination." Megamot: 48 (3-4): 486-503 (with Joel Perlmann).

2012-01-01 — Publication
"Housing Inequality in the United States: Explaining the White-Minority Disparities in Homeownership" in Housing Studies 27 (1): 1-26 (with Sanjaya DeSilva)

2010-11-01 — Publication
"Immigrant Parents’ Attributes versus Discrimination: New Evidence in the Debate about the Creation of Second Generation Educational Outcomes in Israel." Levy Institute Working Paper No. 633 (with Joel Perlmann).
Website: http://www.levyinstitute.org/publications/?docid=1324

2009 — Publication
“Housing Inequality in the United States: A Decomposition Analysis of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Homeownership.” Levy Institute Working Paper No. 565 (with Sanjaya DeSilva).
Website: http://www.levy.org/vdoc.aspx?docid=1150

2008-06-12 — Interview
Radio interview about the book Transmitting Inequality in the program Behind the News with host Doug Henwood. WBAI, 99.5 FM. Thursday, June 12th 2008.

2008 — Publication
Transmitting Inequality: Wealth and the American Family. 2008. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc.


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