Pilar Gonalons-Pons


  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Gonalons-Pons, Pilar, Christine Schwartz, and Kelly Musick. 2020. "Changes in Couples’ Earnings Following Parenthood and Trends in Family Earnings Inequality." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2020-42. 

  • Pilar Gonalons-Pons was named a 2020-2021 RSF Visiting Scholar. She will be spending next year at the Russell Sage Foundation  in NYC.

  • Hans-Peter Kohler and Frank Furstenberg were recently awarded funds from the National Science Foundation for the Global Family Change Project. The project has collaborators at Oxford University, Bocconi University, and the Autonomous University of Barcelona and includes Penn GGD students Luca Maria Pesando & Andrés Felipe Castro Torres, and new PSC associate Pilar Gonalons-Pons. Read more about the project in the Penn Current.

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.


  • OPR Seminar Series: Pilar Gonalons-Pons on Reproductive Labor and the Structure of Inequality