Bias and labour market inequality

Project Summary:

This research asks how gender inequality influences the number of chances that individuals receive to succeed in the workplace and whether this affects skill development and/ or contributes to wage and promotion gaps. Specifically, the research seeks to add to our understanding of how gender differences may affect whether an employee’s successes and failures are attributed to luck or ability, and if that has implications for career trajectory. The project uses a unique data set of primary care physicians’ referrals to surgeons.


Heather Sarsons is a PhD candidate in economics at Harvard University where she is also a doctoral fellow in the Inequality and Social Policy program at Harvard Kennedy School. She received her B.A. in economics from the University of British Columbia. Her research interests lie in labour, behavioral, and social economics.