Melanie Wasserman

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.

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3 Articles

Two individuals engaged in conversation Research Brief / Bias

Informal Career Advice Carries a Gender Bias

Women are warned about work-life balance more than men

Two students using a computer Research Brief / Education

Gender Gaps in School Performance

Socioeconomic factors magnify the boy-girl divide and can explain cross-race differences

Woman walking through a courtyard Research Brief / Gender

Women Are Likelier to Drop Out after Early Political Loss

But the “persistence gap” in seeking elective office narrows with experience