Labor Research

I am interested in explaining differences in labor market outcomes by gender and ethnicity. To see my received publications so far in this area click here . Here I highlight some new working papers in labor economics.

“Does Rosie Like Riveting?”

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This is joint work with Jörn-Steffen Pischke. We now have a draft of this paper where we document that women tend to be less satisfied in jobs in male dominated occupations and are more likely to leave these jobs. Characteristics of the job, which we draw from the descriptions in the ONET data, are the only aspects, which seem to mediate the effect of the share of males in an occupation. This is important as it suggests that men and women may have different preferences for jobs rather than just facing different constraints

“Racial Prejudice and Labour Market Penalties during Economic Downturns”

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This paper is joint with David Johnston and gives a surprising result to an interesting empirical question – it is the highly educated professional individuals that become more racist in recessions. Overall, the work explores whether tastes for discrimination are cyclical, and whether there are subsequent impacts for non-Whites in the labour market. We find that racial prejudice is unrelated to unemployment rate changes for the average individual; but that it is significantly related to unemployment for the full-time employed and those with medium education levels. We also highlight that racial employment and wage gaps are significantly larger in times of high unemployment. Our findings are highly indicative that recessions breed racism. This paper received media attention from The Guardian among others. It is forthcoming in the European Economic Review.