Pilar Gonalons-Pons


  • Pilar Gonalons-Pons (PSC Research Associate) and Alison Buttenheim (PSC Research Associate) was featured in a New York Times piece about gendered motivations for getting vaccinated. Women lost the majority of the earliest jobs in food services, retail businesses, health care and government jobs and have been the main caretakers of their immediate families and sick relatives during the pandemic. Getting the vaccine for women means they are able to take care of their families and get back into the workforce.

  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Musick, Kelly, Pilar Gonalons-Pons, and Christine Schwartz. 2021. "Change and Variation in Couples' Earnings Equality Following Parenthood." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-68.

  • New Population Center Work Paper (PSC/PARC): Calnitsky, David and Pilar Gonalons-Pons. 2020. "The Impact of an Experimental Guaranteed Income on Crime and Violence." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2020-56.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014

My research examines how work, families, and public policies structure economic inequalities, with a particular focus on how inequalities change over time and over the life course. I emply quantitative techniques and longitudinal datasets from multiple countries along with content analyses of documents and interview data.

My studies contribute to debates about the uneven change in gender inequalities, the role of family processes in exacerbating inequalities across families, and the relevance of public policies in mediating these processes.

My current projects focus on the impact of changes in wives' earnings on income inequality in 8 countries 1975-2015, the effects of the Great Recession on workers' career mobility and family formation in 30 countries, and changes in couples' work and earnings after childbirth in the US 1970-2010.

My research has been published in Demography, Social Science Research, and the RSF: Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.