Assistant Professor of Economics
Melanie Wasserman is a labor economist whose research focuses on the mechanisms underlying gender differences in educational, occupational and labor market outcomes. Women’s entry into the labor force is one of the most noteworthy changes in the U.S. labor market over the last 40 years, and this drives the direction and scope of Wasserman’s research. A key question in her most recent work is whether a job’s non-monetary attributes influence an individual’s choice of job or career.
Study of medical residencies shows shift in women’s specialty choices when hours reduced
A well-intentioned best practice, gender matching might not be optimal
Households with kids ages 6 to 12 feel the interruption most
Women are warned about work-life balance more than men
Socioeconomic factors magnify the boy-girl divide and can explain cross-race differences
But the “persistence gap” in seeking elective office narrows with experience