Grace Lordan

Welcome to my Website! I am an associate professor at the London School of Economics. You can find me in the Old Building in M 2.26 Houghton Street, London.

I am interested in studying the causal determinants of important life outcomes. My primary focus is on putting economics to work in the real world, where theory meets application.  All of my research is inter-related, but it falls under three categories in economics: Labor , Health and Behavioural. This research encompasses the analysis of observational data and applied experimental approaches to the following inter-related topics:

  • Occupational sorting: the role of behaviour, preferences for work content, received mentoring, the role of personality, sorting into competitive environments and selection effects.
  • The impact of discrimination on labor market, health  and other life course outcomes: in-group/out group phenomenon, taste discrimination, statistical discrimination, and selection effects.
  • Incentives-based interventions: Nudging versus shoving, rapid versus long games, designing rewards systems that consider the utility from ‘bad’ behavior, risk preference, discount rates and irrational behavior.
  • Determinants of character: Separating the role of socialization from innate and evolutionary traits.

These topics contribute to an economics literature that aims to uncover why certain individuals have more success than others. In particular, I apply these topics to explain the differences in life outcomes we observe across defined individual groupings such as gender, ethnicity and skills.

Overall,  I worry a lot that we live in a world with a very uneven playing field when it comes to doing well in life. This cartoon nicely sums up what I think about most often. It also does a good job of explaining why most research that establishes a correlation between poverty and some bad outcome is not very helpful when it comes to policy. The cartoon also helps explain my interest in good research design and causality.

At the LSE I enjoy teaching on three courses. If you are thinking about doing a full time masters at the LSE you may like to consider studying Applied Health Econometrics.  If you are a professional you may be interested in the Health Economics Policy and Management Program.  I teach an option on this program called the Economics of Health and Wellbeing. I also teach a short course in August at the LSE on Applied Health Economics. If your interested you can apply here for a place.

I am affiliated with LSE Health, CEP at the LSE, IZA and HEDG. At the LSE I am a member of the Academic Planning and Resources Committee. Outside of the LSE I am a member of the Royal Economics Society Women’s Committee. When I am not at work I am mostly hanging out with my favourite girl, travelling, reading, or doing research.

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