Guillermina Jasso
Research Fellow

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Jasso Guillermina Jasso is Silver Professor and Professor of Sociology at New York University. She was the founding director of the Methods Workshop at New York University (1991-1997) and the founding director of the Theory Workshop at the University of Iowa (1988-1991), as well as a co-founder of the Life Course Center at the University of Minnesota. She served as Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (1977-1979) and as Director of Research for the U.S. Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy (1979-1980). She served as Chair of the Department of Sociology at New York University in 2012-2015.

Jasso has written extensively on basic sociobehavioral theory, distributive justice, status, international migration, inequality, probability distributions, mathematical methods for theoretical analysis, and factorial survey methods for empirical analysis. Her contributions include a mathematical formula for fairness assessment, a formula showing how overall injustice can be decomposed into injustice due to poverty and injustice due to inequality, and two new families of probability distributions. She has published widely in scholarly journals, including two articles which won awards from the Population Section of the American Sociological Association and the Law and Society Association. She is a Principal Investigator of the New Immigrant Survey, the first national longitudinal survey of immigrants in the United States.

Jasso is an elected member/fellow of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, the Sociological Research Association, the NYU Society of Fellows, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1999-2000) and is a Research Associate at the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston, an External Research Fellow at CReAM at University College London, and a Fellow at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. She won the 2015 Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award, given by the American Sociological Association Methodology Section for a career of scholarship in sociological methodology.

Jasso has served on many advisory boards, including panels advising the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of DIW Berlin, the Academic Advisory Council of the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences at Humboldt University, and the U.S. Census Scientific Advisory Committee, of which she was Chair in 2011-2015. She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Panel on the Demographic and Economic Consequences of Immigration, the Core Research Group of the Binational Study of Migration Between Mexico and the United States, and the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Redesign of the U.S. Naturalization Test, and is a member of the HCEO Network on Inequality Measurement, Interpretation, and Policy. She has served as Deputy Editor of American Sociological Review. She has also served as Chair of five Sections of the American Sociological Association -- the Theory Section, the Methodology Section, the International Migration Section, the Social Psychology Section, and the Rationality and Society Section -- and as President of the Research Committee 42 on Social Psychology of the International Sociological Association and as Chair of the Social Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association (2014-2018) and was elected Member-at-Large of the Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences (Section K) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2015-2019). Recently she was elected to the Executive Council of the Sociological Research Association (2018-2021), and will serve in different capacities each year, culminating in President the final year.

Jasso's Erdos number is 3.

Jasso received a Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University in 1974.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2004.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
10125  Guillermina Jasso
(In)Equality and (In)Justice
(published in: Civitas – Revista de Ciências Sociais, 2016, 16 (2), 189-217 [journal version])
5904  Guillermina Jasso
Migration and Stratification
(published in: Social Science Research, 2011, 40 (5), 1292 - 1336)
4288  Guillermina Jasso
Linking Individuals and Societies
(published in: Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 2010, 34 (1), 1-51 )
3950  Guillermina Jasso
Ethnicity and the Immigration of Highly Skilled Workers to the United States
(published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2009, 30 (1+2), 26-42)
3850  Guillermina Jasso
A New Model of Wage Determination and Wage Inequality
(published in: Rationality and Society, 2009, 21 (1), 113-168)
3564  Guillermina Jasso
Mark R. Rosenzweig
Selection Criteria and the Skill Composition of Immigrants: A Comparative Analysis of Australian and U.S. Employment Immigration
(published in: Jagdish Bhagwati and Gordon H. Hanson (eds.), Skilled Migration Today: Phenomenon, Prospects, Problems, Policies. New York: Oxford, 2009)
3460  Guillermina Jasso
Shall We Kill or Enslave Caesar? Analyzing the Caesar Model
(published in: Advances in Group Processes, 2008, 25, 327-343)
3441  Guillermina Jasso
Douglas S. Massey
Mark R. Rosenzweig
James P. Smith
From Illegal to Legal: Estimating Previous Illegal Experience among New Legal Immigrants to the United States
(published in: International Migration Review, 2008, 42 (4), 803-843)
3243  Guillermina Jasso
A New Unified Theory of Sociobehavioral Forces
(published in: European Sociological Review, 2008, 24 (4), 411-434)
3236  Guillermina Jasso
Eva M. Meyersson Milgrom
Distributive Justice and CEO Compensation
(published in: Acta Sociologica, 2008, 51 (2), 123-143)
2817  Guillermina Jasso
The Terms and Relations of Comparison, Referential, and Relative Processes
(published in: Andreas Diekmann, Klaus Eichner, Peter Schmidt, and Thomas Voss (eds.), Rational Choice: Theoretische Analyse und Empirische Resultate. Festschrift für Karl-Dieter Opp. Wiesbaden, Germany: VS Verlag, 2008)
2749  Guillermina Jasso
Samuel Kotz
Two Types of Inequality: Inequality Between Persons and Inequality Between Subgroups
(published in: Sociological Methods and Research, 2008, 37 (1), 31-74)
2641  Guillermina Jasso
Theoretical Unification in Justice and Beyond
(published in: Social Justice Research, 2007, 20(3), 336-371)
2598  Guillermina Jasso
Samuel Kotz
A New Continuous Distribution and Two New Families of Distributions Based on the Exponential
(published in: Statistica Neerlandica, 2007, 61(3), 305-328)
2592  Guillermina Jasso
Studying Justice: Measurement, Estimation, and Analysis of the Actual Reward and the Just Reward
(published in: Kjell Törnblom and Riel Vermunt (eds.), Distributive and Procedural Justice: Research and Social Applications. London, UK: Ashgate, 2007)