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Richard Breen

Professorial Fellow
Professor of Sociology

Research Interests: Social stratification, intergenerational mobility and inequality, the application of formal models in the social sciences, and quantitative methods.

I am Professor of Sociology at Oxford University and a Fellow of Nuffield College.  Previously I was William Graham Sumner Professor of Sociology, and Chair of the Sociology Department, at Yale.  From 2000 until 2006 I was an Official Fellow of Nuffield.   I am a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, and a Member of Academia Europaea.  Recent publications include 'Heterogeneous Causal Effects and Sample Selection Bias' (with Seongsoo Choi and Anders Holm), Sociological Science, 2015, and  'Counterfactual Causal Analysis and Non-Linear Probability Models'(with Kristian Bernt Karlson) in Stephen L. Morgan (ed.) Handbook of Causal Analysis for Social Research, Springer, 2013.

Richard Breen


Social Mobility in Europe, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004.

(with John H. Goldthorpe), 'Explaining Educational Differentials: Towards a Formal Rational Action Theory', Rationality and Society, 9(3):275-305, 1997.

'Risk, Recommodification, and the Future of the Service Class', Sociology, 31(3):473-489, 1997.

(with D.F. Hannan, D.B. Rottman, C.T. Whelan), Understanding Contemporary Ireland: State, Class and Development in the Republic of Ireland , The Macmillan Press, London, 1990.

(with Ruud Luijkx, Walter Müller and Reinhard Pollak), 'Non-Persistent Inequality in Educational Attainment: Evidence from Eight European Countries', American Journal of Sociology, 114(5):1475-1521, 2009.