Resource Economics | Why do female faculty spend more time on service? Gender differences in “volunteering

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
904 Campus Center | UMass Amherst

You are cordially invite you to a seminar given by Dr. Lise Vesterlund entitled “Why do female faculty spend more time on service? Gender differences in “volunteering”” in Room 904 of Campus Center between 12:30pm and 2:00pm on Thursday April 11th. Everyone is welcome and lunch will be provided to the audience starting at 12:00pm. The event is jointly sponsored by the Cleve E. Willis Experimental Economics Lab at Department of Resource Economics and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences seminar grant.

Topic of the talk:

Why do female faculty spend more time on service? Gender differences in “volunteering”

Lise Vesterlund - Bio

Lise Vesterlund is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Department of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Copenhagen, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. She serves and has served on numerous editorial boards including the American Economic Review, AEJ: Economic Policy, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Economic Literature. 

Vesterlund works in two distinct research areas: charitable giving and gender differences in the labor market. Her work on charitable giving aims to determine why we give to charity, and on how solicitation strategies influence donations to organizations. Her research on gender sheds light on why men continue to be more successful than women in climbing the corporate ladder. She has demonstrated systematic gender differences in behavior when deciding whether to enter a competition or a negotiation, or when asked to perform a non-promotable task. In uncovering the drivers of these differences her work points to mechanisms that can be put in place to secure that the best qualified candidates are those promoted. Her research has been featured by New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, The Economist, Time Magazine and Harvard Business Review.