Workplace Discrimination: Theory and Evidence
Workplace discrimination can be devastating to individuals and careers—yet it is rarely diagnosed, and difficult to prove legally. Economic models predict that workplace discrimination can exist at a given point in time but cannot persist through time. This master class examines economic theories that address different workplace outcomes by gender, race, and other forms of difference, and uncovers statistical tools to prove the existence of discriminatory behavior in both a human-resources and a legal framework. A research case study and real data will help us address whether there is persistent gender discrimination at the very top of the corporate hierarchy and, if there is, what it means and how we can understand it.
Linda A. Bell is the Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Barnard College of Columbia University in the City of New York. In addition to serving as Provost of Barnard College, she holds the position of Claire Tow Professor of Economics at the College. She is an empirical economist and scholar of labor markets and public policy. Provost Bell has dedicated her teaching and research to examining answers to applied policy questions, most recently focusing on disparities in gender compensation at the executive level.