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Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue


Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue

Warren Hall, Room 266
7 Muriel Street



My research program in development sociology makes substantive and methodological contributions in three subfields, including the sociology of education, social change, and the demography of inequality. My most recent research investigates the consequences of demographic change on a range of socioeconomic outcomes that include schooling, income inequality, economic development. In this research, I extend existing theoretical arguments (e.g. dilution, dividends) and methodological approaches (e.g. decomposition analysis). My empirical research combines national statistics and panel survey data. My teaching goals are to strengthen our department`s undergraduate and graduate training in social science research. These goals will be achieved by creating opportunities for practical research for the department's undergraduates, and by continuing to build a graduate course on the empirics of development and inequality. Specific objectives for the next two years are to (a) finalize and translate a reader on decomposition methods and (b) complete a book on the effects of demographic change on socioeconomic inequality in Africa. These goals will support my teaching and they align with our department`s focus on applied sociology and global development.

Graduate Fields

  • Africana Studies
  • Development Sociology


My research covers three related areas that include the sociology of education, social change, and the demography of inequality. A major focus in my current work is to refine existing frameworks for estimating the effects of demographic change on human capital formation. I apply these frameworks to study global trends in socioeconomic inequality. This work contributes to current policy efforts to expand schooling in developing countries but also to unanswered scientific questions about the consequences of demographic change.


  • Eloundou-Enyegue, P. M., & Giroux, S. C. (2010). Introduction a l'Etude du Changement Social: Apport des Methodes de Decomposition. p. 70 Mediat, Yaounde, Cameroon.