I am a fifth-year PhD student in Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics and a Research Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School. The focus of my dissertation is to examine how gender differences in every day decision-making translate into economic inequalities.
My job market paper "It Takes Two: Gender Differences in Group Work” focuses on the role of gender in team work. A primary motivation for this study is that experimental research is typically conducted on the individual level, but professional life often happens in groups. How women value their individual contributions in a group setting may have a large impact on their working life, since individual contributions to group success are not transparent. If women systematically undervalue their contribution, this could lead to lower lifetime labor market outcomes.
This study also examines other related topics. It provides evidence on how gender composition affects team performance. In addition, it studies how men view the contribution of their female counterparts: are men less likely to trust the quality of their female team members’ work? Does this affect the success of the group?
I hold an M.Sc from the Stockholm School of Economics and a B.Sc. from Humboldt University of Berlin.
Camerer CF, Dreber A, Forsell E, Ho TH, Huber J, Johannesson M, Kirchler M, Almenberg J, Altmejd A, Chan T, Heikensten E, Holzmeister F, Imai T, Isaksson S, Nave G, Pfeiffer T, Razen M, Wu H. “Evaluating replicability of laboratory experiments in economics.” Science.
Dreber, Anna, Thomas Pfeiffer, Johan Almenberg, Siri Isaksson, Brad Wilson, Yiling Chen, Brian A. Nosek & Magnus Johannesson (in press). “Using Prediction Markets to Estimate the Reproducibility of Scientific Research”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Work in Progress:
“It Takes Two: Gender differences in in group work.” [JOB MARKET PAPER]
“In favor of girls: A field study of adults' beliefs in children's ability.” (with Emma Heikensten).
Abstract In this paper, we examine whether adults (N=123) engage in gender discrimination when seeking advice from children (N=38). To answer this question, we collect data from the five seasons of the Swedish Game Show “Are you smarter than a 5th grader?” where adult contestants choose a boy or a girl from 5th grade to help them earn large amounts of money by answering questions from the primary school curriculum. We observe that girls are 9.5 percentage points more likely to be asked for advice than boys. This corresponds to a 18,1 percent gap in favor of girls. The favoritism is not rational since boys and girls perform equally well.
“Simon Says: Examining gender differences in advice seeking and influence in the lab.” (with Emma Heikensten).
Abstract Advice seeking is an important part of both professional and personal decision making. In this paper, we investigate gender differences in the propensity to seek costly advice and if the gender of the advisor influences this decision. Over two treatments, we vary the amount of information that advisees receive about advisors on the quality of their advice. We also use two types of questions, mathematical and verbal, to test the effect of stereotyped domains. Our findings suggest that women seek less advice than men. This result is driven by men seeking more advice on verbal tasks, and women seeking less advice when information about it's quality is introduced. Furthermore, the advisor's gender does not influence the decision to seek advice and we do not find that advisees seek more (or less) advice from advisors of the same gender.
“Gender differences in revenge and strategic play: a natural experiment.” (with Sirus Dehdari and Emma Heikensten).
Abstract This paper provides new evidence of gender differences in retaliatory behavior. Using game show data from a natural setting where stakes are high, we ask whether men are more likely to retaliate following an attack and whether the gender of the target matters for this decision. The behavior studied in this paper is the decision of whom to send the question to in a quiz show setting. We observe a 23 percent gender gap in the propensity to retaliate: women are less likely to seek revenge. The gender of the target matters for women but not for men, with women being more likely to retaliate against men than women. In addition, we show that retaliation is a successful way to avert future attacks in the short term. This is especially true for women, yet we find that women seek less revenge than men.
“Social Sciences Replication Project.” (with Colin Camerer, Anna Dreber, Magnus Johannesson and others).
Microeconomics II (PhD) - Fall 2015
International Economics (Undergraduate) - Fall 2014
Introduction to LaTeX (at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) - Fall 2010