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John Williamson, PhD

Professor of Sociology
Boston College
Research Fellow
Sloan Center on Aging & Work, Boston College

John Williamson, Professor of Sociology, received his PhD in social psychology from Harvard University and SB in philosophy and physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Williamson has written extensively on the comparative study of social welfare policies, particularly those dealing with the elderly. His current research and writing efforts deal with the debate over generational equity and justice between generations in connection with Social Security policy in the United States, comparative international studies of social security policy, and quantitative studies of social, economic, and political determinants of cross-national differences in social policy and social justice issues such as income inequality, welfare state spending levels, pension spending, physical quality of life, and life expectancy. His recent work makes extensive use of comparative historical analysis and quantitative cross-national analysis.