Parallel session
Technology and labour market inequality

Parallel 4.2 | Room 2: Thursday, 6 October 2022, 11:00-12:30 (UTC-5)

The session is organized and sponsored jointly with the International Economic Association (IEA).


11:00-12:30 (UTC-5)

Raquel Fernández | Chair

Raquel Fernández is Professor of Economics at New York University and at the University of Oslo in Norway. She is a member of the Scientific Council of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, and a member of the Council of the European Economic Association and the Royal Economic Society. She is a Research Fellow of CEPR (Centre for Economic Policy, London), where she has been co-director of the Public Policy Program (1999-2007), a Research Associate of NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research), and a Research Fellow of IZA.

Belinda Archibong | Discussant

Firm culture: The effects of information interventions on gender gaps in online labor markets

Belinda Archibong is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her research areas include development economics, political economy, economic history and environmental economics with an African regional focus. Her research investigates the role of historical institutions and environment in inequality of access to public services and the development of human capital, particularly in the areas of education and health. She is currently a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Estefania Galvan | Presenter

Why has technological change not closed the gender wage gap? 

Estefanía Galván is a researcher at Instituto de Economía (IECON), Universidad de la República (Uruguay). She holds a PhD in Economics from Aix-Marseille University (France). Her research lies in the fields of applied labor economics, inequality and development, with an emphasis on gender issues. She also has teaching activities at the undergraduate and master programs, being co-responsible of the course Topics of Gender Economics of the Master in Economics.

Jacob Moscona | Presenter

Inappropriate technology: Evidence from global agriculture

Jacob Moscona is a Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics at Harvard and a postdoctoral fellow at J-PAL at MIT. His research focuses on economic development, innovation, and the environment, exploring the causes and consequences of global technological progress and technology diffusion. Jacob received his PhD in economics from MIT in 2021 and his A.B. from Harvard in 2016.

Nikita Sangwan | Presenter

Job search technology, social networks and gender: Experimental evidence from urban India

Nikita Sangwan is a Ph.D. candidate at the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi Center. Her primary research interests include Development Economics in the fields of Agriculture, Environment, Gender, and Labor. She is an EfD Early Career Research Fellow and a member of the Centre for research on the Economics of Climate, Food, Energy and Environment (CECFEE).

Her research focuses on the gender-differentiated labor impacts of climatic shocks and the role of social safety nets in mitigating the adverse effects of such shocks. Her work also delves into the role of women's agency in enhancing the household's welfare. She recently worked on a Randomised Control Trial (RCT) in Delhi, India to understand how lowering job search costs and harnessing social networks can stem social constraints to women’s employment. Currently, she is working with job matching platforms to understand and address employer-employee mismatches in the labor market.