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Warwick Economics Lecture with Johanna Rickne

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Warwick Economics Lecture with Johanna Rickne

The Department of Economics is delighted to welcome Johanna Rickne as our next Warwick Economics Lecture speaker for the 2022/23 academic year.

Sexual Harassment and Gender Inequality in the Labour Market

Date: Tuesday 22 November 2022, 3:00 - 4:00pm
Location: The Oculus, OC0.03

Dr Christian Soegaard will introduce the speaker and chair the Q&A session at the end of the lecture.

After the lecture there will be a drinks reception in The Oculus foyer where you will have the opportunity to meet and engage with Johanna and departmental staff.

This event is for staff and students only and registration is required in order to attend. First year students who attend the lecture will be able to get PDM points.

About The Talk

Johanna will describe how sexual harassment contributes to sex segregation and pay inequality in the labour market. Combining nationally representative survey data and administrative data, she will show that both harassment and wages vary strongly and systematically across workplaces. Women self-report more harassment from colleagues and managers in male-dominated workplaces where wages are relatively high, and men self-report more harassment in female-dominated workplaces where wages are low. These patterns imply two ways that harassment may contribute to gender inequality. First, harassment deters women and men from applying for jobs in workplaces where they are the gender minority. A survey experiment with hypothetical job choices supports this mechanism. Respondents are highly averse to accepting jobs in workplaces with a higher harassment risk for their own gender, but less averse when people of the opposite sex are at higher risk. A second way that harassment contributes to inequality is by making workplace gender minorities leave their workplaces for new jobs. An analysis of workplace transitions supports this mechanism. Women who self-report harassment are more likely to switch to new workplaces with more female colleagues and lower pay.

About the speaker - Johanna Rickne

Johanna is currently Professor of Economics at the Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University, and part-time Professor of Economics at Nottingham University. She is also a CEPR Fellow, Wallenberg Academy Fellow and an affiliated researcher at IZA and at the Stockholm China Economic Research Centre.

Her research interests include labour economics, gender economics and political economics. Johanna is interested in how to achieve diversity and inclusion in politics and in the labour market.

Please note: Photography will be taking place at this event, which may be used for marketing purposes (e.g. promotional materials). By registering your attendance at this event, you are giving consent to be photographed, however if you do not wish to be photographed, please inform the photographer or a member of Economics staff on the day.


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