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Karen Mumford CBE
Professor of Economics and Labour Market Diversity



Karen Mumford, CBE, specialises in labour economics and quantitative social science. She received her PhD from the Australian National University (ANU). Karen has been the Chair of the Royal Economic Society (RES) Women's Committee, Convenor of the UK Work Pensions and Economics Group (WPEG), a Harkness Fellow and a Leverhulme Fellow. She is currently a Member of the National Health Service Pay Review Body (NHSPRB), an elected Member of the RES Council, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and an IZA Research Fellow. She was appointed CBE for services to Economics and Labour Market Diversity in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List.

Subject Group

Work Management and Organisation

University roles

External roles



Karen’s research is concerned with labour economics and human resource management, her research topics include: wage bargaining; discrimination; industrial disputation; employment dynamics; the relative labour market position of women; job satisfaction; implications from considering networks; and consequences from using the family as the unit of analysis.


  • "LGBT+ Pay and Well-Being in the NHS: The Role of Networks" with Anna Einarsdottir and Yvonne Berks.
  • “Workplace Selection and Gender Pay Gaps in Britain” with Peter N. Smith.
  • “Job Satisfaction and the Quality of Jobs” with Peter N. Smith
  • “Violence against Women, the Gender Pay Gap, and Female Labour Force Participation” with Yolanda Pena-Boquete and Arantza Ugidos.


I am happy to supervise in a range of applied topics in labour economics and quantitative social science.

Current Research Students

  • Mughal, Aisha University of York. Topic: “Social, cultural and legal factors in the disclosure decision of transgender employees at workplace: A comparison of Pakistan and United Kingdom.”

Former Research Students

My former research students include:

  • Maraziotis, Filippos, University of York degree awarded 2023. Topic: “Essays in Applied Microeconometrics: Applications from Household and Family Economics". (Now at SBS, University of York.)
  • Meng Ni, University of York, degree awarded 2020. Topic: “The Stigma of ‘The Third Gender’: Understanding Chinese Female PhDs in China and the UK.”  
  • Edith Aguirre Rodriguez, University of York, degree awarded 2019. Topic: "Essays on the Economics of the Family in Mexico". (Now at ISER, University of Essex.)
  • Ruben Martinez Cardenas, University of York, degree awarded 2017. Topic: “Essays on the Microeconomic Analysis of Choice, Trust, and Organised Crime with an Emphasis on Mexico”  (Now at Leicester Business School, De Montford University).
  • Cristina Sechel, University of York, degree awarded 2016. Topic: "Essays on the Measurement of Subjective Well-Being across Countries" (Now at the Department of Economics, University of Sheffield).
  • Andrew Sutton, University of York, degree awarded 2014. Topic: "Gross Worker Flows and the Great Recession in the United Kingdom." (Now at Debt and Reserves Management, H M Treasury.).
  • 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 Department of Economics, University of Costa Rica.)
  • Yekaterina Chzhen, University of York, degree awarded 2011. Topic: “ Gender Differences in Earnings and Occupational Attainment in Europe.” (Now at Trinity College, Dublin.)
  • 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 Alysso, Trento.)
  • Yuxin Li, University of York, degree awarded 2008. Topic: “The Accumulation of Human Capital: Evidence from a UK Longitudinal Study.” (Now at the Shanghai International Studies University.)
  • 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 Commission, 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 or on my UoY research page here





External activities


Editorial duties

Invited talks and conferences

Some Recent

  • Australian Labour Market Workshop 2022, Canberra Australia, November 2022.
  • Australian Conference of Economists 2022, Hobart Australia, July 2022.
  • Invited Panel Member, “The Future of the Glass Ceiling: Women and the Workforce.” Future Hungary Conference 2022, Virtual (held online), April 2022.
  • American Economic Association (AEA) CSQIEP Virtual Seminar of LGBTQ+ Individuals. “Pay Gaps in the NHS Service.” New York (online), March 2022.
  • Roundtable Invited Panel Member, “HMT Treasury Older Worker Inactivity Roundtable”, HM Treasury, London (online), March 2022.
  • Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) 2022 Annual Meeting, Boston USA (held online) January 2022. LERA/IAFFE Joint Session: Diversity in the Labor Market.
  • Work, Pensions, and Labour Economics Study Group (WPEG) Annual Conference. Sheffield (online). July 2021.
  • Economic Statistics Working Group (ESWG) - The Gender Pay Gap. London (online). June 2021.
  • United Nations, NGO Commission on the Status of Women. New York (online), March 2021
  • Western Economic Association International Conference WEAI. Virtual (online), March 2021
  • Australian Gender Economics Workshop. Perth (online), February 2021.America
  • Economic Associations Meetings. Boston (online), January 2021.
  • Women in Business: Positions of Leadership. Dialogue Society. London (online), November 2020.
  • Understanding LGBT+ Employee Networks and How to Support Them. Conference. London (Online), October 2020.
  • Gender and career progression. Joint Bank of England, Federal Reserve Board and European Central Bank Conference. Frankfurt, October 2019.
  • European Economic Association Annual Congress. Manchester, August 2019.
  • Gender and Growth Policy Forum. Chatham House, London, July 2019.
  • Australian Conference of Economists (ACE). Melbourne, July 2019.

Karen Mumford
School for Business and Society
University of York
Church Lane Building
York Science Park
York YO10 5ZF

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323756


Room: CL/A/116A

Subject Group

Work Management and Organisation