Professor Karen Mumford



Karen Mumford is a Professor of Economics at the University of York. She received her doctorate in economics from the Australian National University (ANU) in 1991. She has subsequently taught at the ANU, the University of Warwick and the University of York. She has held visiting positions at the ANU, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Princeton. Karen is the Chair of the Royal Economic Society Women's Committee. She has been the Convenor of the UK labour economics study group (WPEG) and is a member of its Steering Committee. She was a member of the Resolution Foundation Minimum Wage Review Committee and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Departmental roles

  • Equality and Diversity Champion
  • Departmental Teaching Committee (ex officio Director of Teaching Fellows)
  • Editor, Department Discussion Paper Series
  • Performance Reviewer

University roles

  • Senate, member (2014 -2017)
  • Social Science Peer Review College, member
  • University Athena SWAN working party, member
  • University Court, member (2015-2018)



Karen’s research is concerned with labour economics: wage bargaining; industrial disputation; employment dynamics; the relative labour market position of women; and implications from using the family as the unit of analysis. She has been the Convenor of the UK labour economics study group (WPEG) and is a member of its Steering Committee. She was the founding Director of the Applied Microeconometrics Research Cluster at York and has an on-going series of research affiliations external to the University of York.

Current Research Projects

  • “Job Insecurity and Labour Supply within the Household: Are Householders Caring When it comes to Sharing?”  with Francesco Mariotti and Yolanda Pena-Boquete.
  • “Contraception and Partner Search”  with Francesco Mariotti.
  • “Understanding the Gender Pay Gap in Britain” with Tim Butcher and Peter N Smith (ESRC Impact Acceleration Award funded co-production with Tim Butcher, Chief Economist, Low Pay Commission).


  • Mang Ni, University of York, 2014 -
  • Ruben Martinez, University of York, 2011 -
  • Cristina Sechel, University of York, 2011 -


Former Research Students

My former research students include:

  • Andrew Sutton, University of York, degree awarded 2014. Topic: "Gross Worker Flows abd the Great Recession in the United Kingdom." (Now at the Office for Budget Responsibility, OBR).
  • Laura C. Rojas Blanco, University of York, degree awarded 2013. Topic: “The Influence of Gender Beliefs and Early Exposure to Math, Science and Technology in Female Degree Choices.” (Now at the University of Costa Rica.)
  • Yekaterina Chzhen, University of York, degree awarded 2011. Topic: “ Gender Differences in Earnings and Occupational Attainment in Europe ”. (Now at the Office of Research, UNICEF, Florence.)
  • Francesco Mariotti, University of York, degree awarded 2011. Topic: “The Economic Analysis of Insecurity: Applications to Job Insecurity, Assets Distribution and Contraceptives Use in a Household Context.” (Now at Roche, Basel Switzerland.)
  • Yuxin Li, University of York, degree awarded 2008. Topic: “The Accumulation of Human Capital: Evidence from a UK Longitudinal Study.” (Now at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick.)
  • Filipe Almeida Santos, University of York, degree awarded 2006. Topic: “Training, Wage Compression and Productivity Outcomes.” (Now at Martifer Solar Group, Portugal.)
  • Antonia Nicolau Perara, University of York, degree awarded 2004. Topic: “European Families’ Labour Supply: Empirical Analysis for Britain and Spain.” (Now at the European Union, Brussels.)
  • Vitor Escaria Alvarez, University of York, degree awarded 2004. Topic: “Job Creation and Job Destruction over the Business Cycle in Portugal.” (Now at Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao, ISEG, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa.)
  • Luis Murillo-Zamorano, University of York, degree awarded 2004. Topic: “Essays on Economic Efficiency and Productivity Growth. (Now at the University of Extremadura.)


Selected publications

Full details of publications can be found at RePEc

  • and Smith, Peter N. “What Determines the Part-Time and Gender Earnings Gaps in Britain: Evidence from the Workplace”, Oxford Economics Papers61(1): 56-75. April 2009.
  • and Smith, Peter N. "Job Tenure in Britain: Employee Characteristics versus Workplace Effects" Economica 71, 275-298, September 2004.
  • and Budd, John. "Trade Unions and Family Friendly Work Policies in Britain"Industrial and Labor Relations Review 57(2); 204-222, January 2004. [Finalist, 2005 Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research]
  • and Smith, Peter N. "The Hiring Function Reconsidered: On Closing the Circle." Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 61(3); 343-364, August 1999.
  • and Dowrick, Steve. "Wage Bargaining with Endogenous Profits, Overtime Working and Heterogenous Labor", Review of Economics and Statistics, 76 (2); 329-336, May 1994.
  • "The Position of Women in UK Academic Economics.” Economic Journal110(464); F312-F334, June 2000 (with Booth, Alison and Burton, Jonathan).
  • "The Gender Balance of Academic Economics in the UK", Royal Economics Society Women's Committee Report. June 1997.‌‌

Recent Publications

  • Mumford, K.A. and Smith, Peter N.“Peer Salaries and Employee Satisfaction in the Workplace.” Manchester School 83(3): 307-313 June 2015
  • Mariotti, F., Mumford, K.A., and  Pena-Boquete, Y. "Power Couples and the Colocation Hypothesis Revisited" IZA Discussion Paper 9059, May 2015.
  • “An Interview with Karen Mumford.” The Economic Review 32(2): 4-5, April 2015.
  • Mariotti, F., Mumford, K.A., and  Pena-Boquete, Y. “Household Asset Holding Diversification in Australia.” Australian Economic Review, 48(1): 43-64, March 2015.
  • Mumford, K.A. “On the Gender Gap in Economics Enrolment.” Royal Economic Society Newsletter 167: 7-9, October 2014.
  • Carrier, H. and Mumford, K.A. "A Career in Modelling: A Note on the Government Economic Service." RES Newsletter 165:20-21, April 2014
  • Bain, G., Gregg, P., Manning, A., McNight, A., Mumford, K. A., Pilpott, J., Smith, N. & Wilson, T. More Than a Minimum: The Resolution Foundation Review of the Future of the National Wage. Mar 2014. (Resolution Foundation, London.)
  • Chzhen, Y.,  Mumford, K.A., and Nicodema, C. The Gender Pay Gap in the Australian Private Sector: Is Selection Relevant Across the Wage Distribution.” Economic Record 89(286): 367-381. September 2013.
  • L.C. Blanco, M. Mitka, K.Mumford and J. Roman. "The Gender Balance of Academic Economics 2012: Royal Economic Society Women’s Committee Survey." Royal Economic Society Report. July 2013.
  • Monojit Chatterji and Mumford, K. A. “Flying High and Laying Low in the Public and Private Sectors: A Comparison of Pay Differentials for Full-Time Male Employees”. Australian Journal of Labour Economics 15(3): 235-259. November 2012.
  • Drolet, Marie and Mumford, Karen. The Gender Pay Gap for Private Sector Employees in Canada and Britain.” British Journal of Industrial Relations 50(3): 529-553. September 2012.
  • Li, Yuxin and Mumford, K.A.“Aspirations, Expectations and Education Outcomes for Children in Britain: Considering Relative Measures of Family Efficiency.” International Journal of Learning 18(4): 289-308. February 2012.
  • Chzhen, Yekaterina and Mumford, K. A. “Gender Gaps across the Earnings Distribution in Britain.” Labor Economics 18(6): 837-844. December 2011.
  • Monojit, Chatterji. Smith, Peter N. and Mumford, K. A. “The Public-Private Sector Gender Wage Differential: Evidence from Matched Employee-Workplace Data.” Applied Economics 43(25-27): 3819-3834. November 2011.



Second Year

  • Cost Benefit Analysis

Third Year

  • Labour Economics


  • Labour Economics
  • Applied Econometrics for Research (PhD module)

External activities


  • External examiner, Economics, UCL

Invited talks and conferences

Some Recent

  • Royal Economic Society Conference, Manchester, April 2015.
  • Low Pay Commission, London, April 2015.
  • Journées Louis-André Gérard-Varet (LAGV) Conference, Aix-en-Provence, France, June 2015.

  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, April 2014.
  • Royal Economic Society Conference, Manchester, April 2014.
  • IMaGEN Conference 2, University of Santiago de Compostella, September 2014.
  • Contemporary Economic Issues Lecture, University of East Anglia, October 2014.

  • Royal Economic Society Conference, Royal Holloway, April 2013.
  • Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, May 2013.
  • York Festival of Ideas, University of York, June 2013
  • IMaGEN Conference 1, University of Santiago de Compostella, July 2013.
  • Keynote Speaker. Australian Society of Economists Conference. Perth Australia, July 2013.
  • Economics Division, University of Leeds, November 2013.
  • Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research, December 2013.
  • Department of Economics, Monash University, December 2013.
  • Crawford School of Public Policy (Public Lecture), Australian National University, December 2013.

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