AMCIS studies inequalities in (post-) industrialized societies and particularly focuses on the impact of stratifying variables (social origin, education, gender and ethnicity) on three outcome pillars: socioeconomic attainment (concerning outcomes in the domains of education, work, and income), political behaviour and opinions, and living arrangements. The central focus is how institutions and structures mediate the impact of social origin, education, gender and ethnicity on outcomes in each of these three ‘pillars’.
The Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS) was founded in 2010. The AMCIS is funded by a Research Focal Area ("Onderzoeksspeerpunt") of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Amsterdam. The Centre aims to bring together researchers from Sociology, Political Science, Demography, Educational Science and Economics, to study the impact of institutions on inequalities in the fields of labour, education and politics. AMCIS helps to bring together existing research groups strong on quantitative empirical-theoretical research on inequalities. Each group brings in its own primary expertise, which leads to an expansion of research activities, greater coherence and visibility of the various groups working on similar domains. The AMCIS puts Amsterdam on the academic map as a place where Inequality is studied, in the same way as has been achieved in the United States at Stanford, Columbia, Yale and Cornell universities.
AMCIS, located at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Amsterdam, is collaborating with other UvA faculties and with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. AMCIS forms the home community of inequality researchers of these various institutes, with a PhD community, research seminars, and collaborative research projects.