Karen Mumford is Professor of Economics and Director of the York Asia Research Network (YARN). She received her doctorate in economics from the Australian National University (ANU). Karen has been the Chair of the Royal Economic Society Women's Committee, the Convenor of the UK Labour Economics Study Group (WPEG), a Harkness Fellow and a Leverhulme Fellow. She is currently a Fellow at IZA and was appointed CBE for services to Economics and labour market diversity in 2016.
- Performance Reviewer
- PST Leader for Applied Economics and Economics History
- Undergraduate Module Review Committee, member
- Faculty Board, member
- University Partnership and Enterprise Committee, elected Faculty representative
- UofY ESRC Peer Review College, member
- University Court, member
- Research Centre for Social Sciences Steering Group, member
- Lead, York Asia Research Network (YARN)
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; job satisfaction; implications from considering networks; and consequences from using the family as the unit of analysis.
- "Pay and Well-Being in the NHS: The Role of Networks" with Anna Einarsdottir, Bridget Lockyer and Melisa Sayli.
- “Workplace Selection and Gender Pay Gaps in Britain” with Peter N. Smith.
- "Pay and Job Rank amongst Academic Economists in the UK: Is Gender Relevant?" with Cristina Sechel.
- “Labour Supply and Childcare: Allowing Both Parents to Choose” with Antonia Parera-Nicolau and Yolanda Pena-Boquete.
- “On the Recognition of Research Excellence for Lecturers in UK Economics: Outputs, Gender and Inclusivity” with Richard McManus and Cristina Sechel.
- "On the Job Satisfaction of Academic Economists in the UK." with Cristina Sechel.
- 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 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.)
Full details of publications can be found at RePEc
Current Working Papers
- Mumford, K.A., Parera‑Nicolau, A. and Pena-Boquete, Y. “Labour Supply and Childcare: Allowing Both Parents to Choose.” Mimeo.
- Mumford, K. and Sechel, C. “Pay and Job Rank amongst Academic Economists in the UK: Is Gender Relevant?” Mimeo.
- McManus, R., Mumford, K. and Sechel, C. “On the Recognition of Research Excellence for Lecturers in UK Economics: Outputs, Gender and Inclusivity.” Mimeo.
- Mumford, K. and Sechel, C. “Job Satisfaction and Being an Academic Economist in the UK” Mimeo.
- 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). 103pp. [ESRC Impact Acceleration Award funded co-production with Tim Butcher, Chief Economist, Low Pay Commission.] IZA Discussion Paper 10453, 2017. Project Website.