Dr. Grace Lordan

I am an associate professor at the London School of Economics. I spend my time trying to understand just why individuals have different life outcomes (mainly employment) beyond factors that are in their own control.  I am particularly interested in behaviour by other individuals that affects the life outcomes of others. My major focus is on differences by gender and ethnicity.

When studying the causal determinants of important life outcomes, I focus on putting economics to work in the real world, where theory meets application.  To see some of my newest work click here, and for a full list of publications click here. Overall,  my 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.

At the LSE I enjoy teaching corporate based behaviour and decision making to executive students. On this course we cover behavioural biases in : trade and investment, compliance in banking, search and hiring processes and day to day decision making. I regularly give talks on these topics to firms, specialist groups and conferences. Please feel free to contact me on g.lordan@lse.ac.uk if you are interested in learning more.

I also enjoy teaching Applied Health Econometrics  and the Economics of Health and Wellbeing. Both of these courses cover good research design, and methods that can be used to uncover causal effects in research.

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  and The Finance 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.