Joni Hersch, professor of law and economics and co-director of Vanderbilt’s Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics, has been nominated for the 2014 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. Hersch received the nomination for her 2013 article “Opting Out among Women with Elite Education,” which was published in the Review of Economics of the Household.
Hersch’s nomination was announced by the Center for Families at Purdue University and the Boston College Center for Work & Family, which sponsors the Kanter Award.
Named in honor of Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who has been identified as the most influential contributor to modern literature on work and family, the Kanter Award is given each year for the best research in that field published during the preceding year. The rigorous nomination process for the 2014 award selection involved a committee of more than 45 leading scholars, who examined over 2,500 articles published in 77 leading English-language journals from around the world. Hersch’s paper was one of 14 considered for the prestigious award.
The Center for Families at Purdue University and the Boston College Center for Work & Family developed the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award to raise the awareness of high quality work-family research, foster debate about standards of excellence, identify the “best of the best” studies on which to base future research, and outline specific implications of the research for scholar, consultant and practitioner communities.
Hersch is an economist who works in the areas of employment discrimination and empirical law and economics. In addition to her research demonstrating that women who are graduates of elite institutions have lower labor market activities than their counterparts who are graduates of non-elite institutions, her other recent research examines sexual harassment, job risks faced by immigrant workers, costs of smoking, punitive damages awards, and judge and jury behavior. She is associate editor of the Review of Economics of the Household and is on the editorial board of Social Science Quarterly. She was honored as one of two recipients of the 2013 Mentoring Award presented by the Vanderbilt University Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.