Karen Mumford is Associate Provost (Asia & Oceania), Professor of Economics, and Director of the York Asian Research Center (YARN), all 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 was the Chair of the Royal Economic Society Women's Committee until April 2016, she is currently a member of this committee in an ex officio role. 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, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), and was appointed CBE for services to economics and labour market diversity in 2016.
- Equality and Diversity Champion
- Member, Equality and Diversity Committee
- Performance Reviewer
- Associate Provost (A&O)
- Senate, member
- Social Science Peer Review College, member
- University Court, member
- Research Centre for Social Sciences Steering Group
- International Committee, member
Karen’s research is concerned with labour economics, her research topics include: wage bargaining; industrial disputation; employment dynamics; the relative labour market position of women; and implications from using the family as the unit of analysis. Much of Karen's work involves international comparisons, especially Australia and the UK.
Current Research Projects
- “Workplace Selection and Gender Pay Gaps in Britain” with Peter N. Smith.
- "Pay, Well-Being and Job Satisfaction Amongst Academic Economists in the UK" with Cristina Sechel.
- “Labour Supply and Childcare for Two-Parent Families: A Structural Approach” with Antonia Parera-Nicolau and Yolanda Pena-Boquete.
- Edith Aguirre Rodriguez, University of York, 2015 -
- Meng Ni, University of York, 2014 -
Former Research Students
My former research students include:
- 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 Institute for the Economic Analysis of Decision Making, InstEAD, 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 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 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 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 the Department of Economics, University of 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 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.)
Full details of publications can be found at RePEc
- Mariotti, F., Mumford, K.A., and Pena-Boquete, Y. "Education, Job Insecurity and the Within Country Migration of Couples" forthcoming IZA Journal of Migration.
- Mariotti, F., Dixon, M., Mumford, K.A., and Pena-Boquete, Y. “Job Insecurity Within the Household: Are Australian Householders Caring when it Comes to Risk Sharing?” Australian Journal of Labour Economics 19(2): 77-90, December 2016.
- Butcher, T. Mumford, K. and Smith, P.N. Workplaces, Low pay and the Gender Earnings Gap in Britain. Report for the Low Pay Commission (LPC, London). September 2016. 103pp. [ESRC Impact Acceleration Award funded co-production with Tim Butcher, Chief Economist, Low Pay Commission.] IZA Discussion Paper 10453, January 2017.
- Mumford, K.A. "On Gender, Research Discipline and being an Economics Journal Editor" Royal Economics Society Newsletter 172, April 2016.
- Mumford, K.A. "The Selection of Economics Lecturers into the 2014 Research Excellence Framework Exercise" Royal Economic Society Women's Committee Report, March 2016.
- Harcourt, G.C., Mumford, K., Spencer, B. and Racionero, M. “Steven Dowrick 7 May 1953 – 3 August 2013: Tributes.” Economic and Labour Relations Review 26(4); 681-684, December 2015.
- Mumford, K.A. "Highs and Lows with the Women's Committee Surveys." Royal Economics Society Newsletter 171: 5-11, October 2015
- Mitka, M. M. G., Mumford, K. A. and Sechel, C. “The 10th Royal Economic Society Women’s Committee Survey: The Gender Balance of Academic Economics in the UK 2014.” Royal Economic Society Report. July 2015 49 pp.
- Mumford, K.A. and Smith, Peter N.“Peer Salaries and Employee Satisfaction in the Workplace.” Manchester School 83(3): 307-313 June 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.