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Brown bag seminar | Does identity affect labor supply?

Does identity influence economic behavior in the labor market? Suanna Oh, researcher at the Paris School of Economic, investigate this question in rural India, focusing on the effect of caste identity on job-specific labor supply. Join the SITE brown bag seminar on February 1 to learn more about why identity in the labor market matters.

Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) cordially invites you to join the online brown bag seminar with Suanna Oh presenting a paper titled`Does Identity Affect Labor Supply?´.

Does Identity Affect Labor Supply?

Abstract

Does identity influence economic behavior in the labor market? I investigate this question in rural India, focusing on the effect of caste identity on job-specific labor supply. In a field experiment, laborers choose whether to take up various job offers, which differ in associations with specific castes. Workers are less willing to accept offers that are linked to castes other than their own, especially when those castes rank lower in the social hierarchy. Workers forego large payments to avoid job offers that conflict with their caste identity, regardless of whether these decisions are made in private.

About the speaker

Suanna Oh, Assistant Professor at the Paris School of Economics.

Suanna is visiting briq (Institute on Behavior & Inequality) as a postdoctoral fellow in 2021-2022.

Suanna is interested in development and behavioral economics. Her current works focus on studying cultural and behavioral frictions in the labor market using field experiments.

Learn more about Suanna Oh and her research projects >>

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