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Doctoral Dissertation Research in Economics: Do Identity Concerns Affect Labor Supply?

A sense of identity can be a powerful influence over behavior, including work. Workers who identify themselves as belonging to one group may regard a job associated with a different group as a violation of their identity, especially if the job is associated with a group perceived to have lower social status. This identity channel may partly explain why some groups are over- or under-represented in some occupations. The identity-related mis-representation of groups in occupations leads to a misallocation of talent and cause economic inefficiency.

Pierre-André Chiappori

E. Rowan and Barbara Steinschneider Professor of Economics

Donald Davis

Ragnar Nurkse Professor of Economics

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