Gender and the Labor Market Conference

March 8–9, 2019

(All day)

University of Chicago, Saieh Hall for Economics, Rm. 021 | 5757 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Matthew Notowidigdo, Northwestern University
Alessandra Voena, University of Chicago


This conference will explore a range of topics at the intersection of gender and labor economics, including gender gaps in labor market outcomes, gender discrimination, family/household economics, marriage, social insurance, and social norms. The conference is open to all faculty and students interested in these important topics.



Friday, March 8

8:30 a.m.                        

Registration and Breakfast 


9:00 – 9:50 a.m.             

All the Single Ladies: Job Promotions and the Durability of Marriage
Olle Folke, Uppsala University
Johanna Rickne, Stockholm University


9:50 – 10:40 a.m.           

The Effects of Sexism on American Women: The Role of Norms vs. Discrimination
Kerwin Charles, University of Chicago
Jonathan Guryan, Northwestern University
Jessica Pan, National University of Singapore


10:40 – 10:55 a.m.          Break
10:55 – 11:45 a.m.         

Marriage, Labor Supply and the Dynamics of the Social Safety Net
Hamish Low, University of Cambridge
Costas Meghir, Yale University
Luigi Pistaferri, Stanford University
Alessandra Voena, University of Chicago


11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   Lunch


12:45 – 1:35 p.m.           

Gender Differences in Job Search and the Earnings Gap: Evidence from Business Majors
Patricia Cortes, Boston University
Jessica Pan, National University of Singapore
Laura Pilossoph, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Basit Zafar, Arizona State University


1:35 – 2:25 p.m.             

Girls, Boys, and High Achievers
Angela Cools, Cornell University
Raquel Fernandez, New York University
Eleonora Patacchini, Cornell University


2:25 – 2:40 p.m.              Break


2:40 – 3:30 p.m.             

The Effect of Maternity Leave Extensions on Firms and Coworkers
Yana Gallen, University of Chicago


3:30 – 4:20 p.m.             

Reshaping Adolescents' Gender Attitudes: Evidence from a School-Based Experiment in India
Diva Dhar, University of Oxford
Tarun Jain, Indian School of Business
Seema Jayachandran, Northwestern University


4:20 – 4:30 p.m.              Break


4:30 – 5:30 p.m.             

Keynote Presentation
Claudia Goldin, Harvard University


5:30 p.m.                        Adjourn for the day

Saturday, March 9

8:00 a.m.                         Registration and Breakfast


8:30 – 9:20 a.m.             

The Gender Earnings Gap in the Gig Economy: Evidence from over a Million Rideshare Drivers
Cody Cook, Stanford University
Rebecca Diamond, Stanford University
Jonathan Hall, Uber
John List, University of Chicago
Paul Oyer, Stanford


9:20 – 10:10 a.m.           

Misperceived Social Norms: Female Labor Force Participation in Saudi Arabia
Leonardo Bursztyn, University of Chicago
David Drott, University of Zurich
Alessandra Gonzalez, University of Chicago


10:10 – 10:25 a.m.          Break
10:25 – 11:15 a.m.         

The Dynamics of Discrimination: Theory and Evidence
Aislinn Bohren, Carnegie Mellon and University of Pennsylvania
Alex Imas, Carnegie Mellon
Michael Rosenberg, Wayfair


11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.  

The Mommy Effect: Do Women Anticipate Employment Effects in Motherhood?
Ilyana Kuziemko, Princeton University
Jessica Pan, National University of Singapore
Jenny Shen, Princeton University
Ebonya Washington, Yale University


12:05 p.m.                     

Conference Concludes

March 8, 2019 (All day) March 9, 2019 (All day)