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Joni Hersch


Professor Joni Hersch, Ph.D.

Bio

Joni Hersch is an economist who works in the areas of employment discrimination and empirical law and economics. Her recent research examines differences in labor market activity between women graduates of elite institutions and non-elite institutions, skin color discrimination, job risks faced by immigrant workers, costs of smoking, punitive damages awards, and judge and jury behavior. (Read more)

Presentations

June 25-26, 2017:  "Opting Out and the Division of Marital Assets," Society of Economics of the Household Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA

June 17, 2017: "Gender and Ethnicity in the Labor Market," Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Meeting: Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being Program, Kansas City, MO 

September 6, 2016:  "Profiling Immigrants: Skin Color and Safety Discrimination in the Workplace," Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

May 14-15, 2015: "Legacy of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Historical Overview of Impacts," NSF EEOC Conference, Washington, DC

April 2-3, 2015: "Immigrants of Color in the Workforce," Global Perspectives on Colorism Conference, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO

March 12, 2015: Research Roundtable Panelist: Women in the Workplace – Perspectives from the Academic and Corporate Worlds, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL

November 23, 2014: "Catching Up is Hard to Do: Undergraduate Prestige, Elite Graduate Programs, and the Earnings Premium," Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings, Atlanta, GA

November 22, 2014: "Gender, Job Satisfaction, and Professional Labor Markets," Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings, Atlanta, GA

November 7, 2014: "The Civil Rights Act and War on Poverty: 50 Years Later," 2014 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Research Conference, Albuquerque, NM

April 4, 2014: "How Opting Out among Women with Elite Education Perpetuates Social Inequality," 2014 Symposium of the Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, IN

October 10, 2013: "Opting Out among Women with Elite Education: Evidence, Causes, and Societal Consequences," Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

May 10, 2013: "Opting Out among Women with Elite Education," Eastern Economic Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY

April 4, 2013: "Opting Out among Women with Elite Education," Sewanee: The University of the South, Department of Economics, Sewanee, TN

January 25, 2013: "Opting Out among Women with Elite Education," University of Wyoming College of Business, Laramie, WY

What's New

MarketWatch: How stay-at-home moms can get credit for diaper changes on their résumés
A New York City ad agency has invented a fictional company called The Pregnancy Pause — complete with logo, website, and phone number — that women can list on their résumés as their “employer” during the time they spend away from work raising kids. Women who have a résumé gap and don’t explain it are far less likely to get hired than those who do explain the gap, according to a study co-authored by Jennifer Bennett Shinall, assistant professor of law, and Joni Hersch, professor of law and economics. Shinall is quoted in the article. (June 22, 2017)

Combining a liberal-arts major with a STEM or business degree typically doesn’t increase earnings or job satisfaction, according to Professor Hersch’s paper, “The Private and Social Benefits of Double Majors,” coauthored with Alison Del Rossi. Professors Hersch and Del Rossi discuss their research on double majors with the Wall Street Journal in the article, “Does It Pay to Double Major?” (February 14, 2017)

CBS News: Does ‘bro’ culture spark sexual harassment? While sexual harassment can occur in any industry or company, some traits tend to be associated with higher rates of abuse. Industries that are male-dominated, such as technology, and companies where both upper- and middle-management ranks are filled by men are more likely to be places where sexual harassment occurs. Joni Hersch, professor of law and economics, is quoted. (April 10, 2017)

In October 2016, Professor Hersch contributed an opinion piece on workplace sexual harassment, "What Can Be Done to Reduce Workplace Sexual Harassment?," for IZA World of Labor. (October 10, 2016)

Professor Hersch's paper, "Something to Talk About: Information Exchange Under Employment Law," coauthored with Jennifer Bennett Shinall, was featured in the New York Times article, "A Child Care Gap in the Résumé: Whether to Explain or Not." The paper, which is forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, examines information exchange in the hiring process. (May 19, 2016)

Their research on this topic has received international media attention. [Featured at Research News @Vanderbilt] [Read at Bloomberg] [Read at Slate] [Listen at NPR On Point] [Read at Motto] [Read at The Economic Times] [Read at DailyMail.Co.UK] [Read at Business Standard] [Read at ScienceDaily.com] [Read at BusinessNewsDaily.com] [Read at Glamour] [Read at Marie Claire]

Professor Hersch's article "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," (IZA World of Labor 188, October 2015, 1-10) is featured in 'What Does the Evidence Tell Us About Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?' on HuffingtonPost.com. (October 15, 2015)

The sexual harassment rates of women in various industries, that were reported in Professor Hersch's IZA article, were cited in The Guardian article, "Sexual Harassment at Work: More than Half of Claims in US Result in No Charge." (July 22, 2016)

In July 2015, Professor Hersch was appointed editor of the IZA Journal of Labor Economics , the flagship of the IZA open access online journals. (August 14, 2015)

Professor Hersch was recently invited to become a Research Fellow with IZA Institute of Labor Economics. View her IZA profile here. (May 6, 2015)

Professor Hersch's working paper "Catching Up Is Hard to Do: Undergraduate Prestige, Elite Graduate Programs, and the Earnings Premium" was most recently featured in the LA Times's article "What Will Bachelor's Degrees from Community Colleges be Worth?" (February 4, 2015)

Professor Hersch's working paper "Catching Up Is Hard to Do: Undergraduate Prestige, Elite Graduate Programs, and the Earnings Premium" is featured on Research News at Vanderbilt and on WSJ.com. (November 14, 2014)

The paper was also featured in the New York Times's article 'Why You Can't Catch Up.' (August 1, 2014)

Professor Hersch was nominated for the 2014 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. She received the nomination for her 2013 paper "Opting Out among Women with Elite Education." [Read at VLS Faculty News] (July 25, 2014)

Professor Hersch's paper "Opting Out among Women with Elite Education," (Review of Economics of the Household 11(4), December 2013, 469-506) is cited in The Atlantic's article 'In China, it's the Grandparents Who "Lean In."' The paper received international media attention throughout the spring and summer of 2013. [Read at NBCNews.com] [Read at WSJ.com] [Read at ScienceDaily.com] [Read at BusinessNewsDaily.com] [Read in Cosmopolitan] [Read at Vanderbilt.edu] [Read at DailyMail.Co.UK] [Read at NewYorkDailyNews.com] [Read at Bloomberg Businessweek] [Read at Boston Globe] [Read at US News & World Report] (September 30, 2013)

Using 2003 and 2010 data, Professor Hersch has compiled new tables that supplement the statistics on female labor force activity by tier of undergraduate institutions reported in "Opting Out among Women with Elite Education." [Download supplementary tables] [Download institutions classified by tier]

Professor Hersch was one of two recipients of the 2013 Mentoring Award, presented by Vanderbilt University's Margaret Cunningim Women's Center. (March 21, 2013)

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Bibliography

Joni Hersch has published over 65 articles and book chapters. Her recent paper, "Opting Out among Women with Elite Education," (Review of Economics of the Household, 11(4), December 2013, 469-503) has received international media attention. Other recent research examines skin color discrimination, sexual harassment, job risks faced by immigrant workers, costs of smoking, punitive damages awards, and judge and jury behavior. (CV) (Download publications) (Joni Hersch at SSRN)