Akos Rona-Tas, Professor

Ph.D. - University of Michigan, 1990

Areas of Specialization: Economic Sociology, Uncertainty and Risk, Rational Choice Theory, Comparative Social Stratification, Survey Research, Methodology

Email Address: aronatas@ucsd.edu
Phone number: 858-534-4699
Office location: 488 Social Science Building

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Akos Rona-Tas received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Great Surprise of the Small Transformation: The Demise of Communism and the Rise of the Private Sector in Hungary (University of Michigan Press), a book on the social origins of the market economy in post-Communist Hungary. He published articles in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, Social Science Research, East European Politics and Societies, and in various edited volumes. His general areas of interest include economic sociology, risk and uncertainty, rational choice theory, and statistical and survey methodology. Currently, he is working on credit card markets and consumer credit in emerging economies and risk analysis in food safety regulation.

Classes to be taught in 2013/14:

Winter 2014

SOCI 172- Films and Society

SOCG 206- Quantitative Methods II

Spring 2014

SOCI 60- The Practice of Social Research

SOCG 212- Social Stratification


Selected Publications:

"The Role of Ratings in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis: The Art of Corporate and the Science of Consumer Credit Rating." with Stefanie Hiss, in Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 2010, V30A. (In press)

"Consumer Credit and Society in Transition Countries." In Victor Perez Diaz ed. Markets and Civil Society, Berghan Books, New York 2008.

"The Three Modalities of Rationality and Their Contradictions in Post-Communist Consumer Credit Markets." In Jens Beckert, Rainer Diaz-Bone and Heiner Ganssmann eds. Märkte als soziale Strukturen. Campus Verlag, Frankfurt/New York 2007.

"The Invisible Science of the Invisible Hand: The Public Presence of Economic Sociology in the USA." (with Nadav Gabay) Socio-Economic Review, 2007, V5(N2) pp. 334-355

"Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment in Transition Economies." (with Matild Sagi), Research in the Sociology of Work, 2005, V105.

"Uncertainty, Risk and Trust: Russian and American Credit Card Markets Compared." (With Alya Guseva.) American Sociological Review, 2001, V66(N5) pp.:623-646.

Reprinted in New Developments in Economic Sociology, ed. by Richard Swedberg, Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar 2005.

"The Privileges of Past Communist Party Membership in Russia and Endogenous Switching Regression." (With Alya Guseva.) Social Science Research December 2001, 30(4) pp.:641-652.