Karen Mumford
Professor

Profile

Biography

Karen Mumford is Professor of Economics and Director of the York Asia Research Network (YARN). 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 labour economics study group (WPEG), a Harkness Fellow and a Leverhulme Fellow. She is currently 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.

Departmental roles

  • PST Leader for Applied Economics and Economics History

University roles

  • Faculty Board, elected member
  • University Partnership and Enterprise Committee, elected Faculty representative
  • UofY ESRC Peer Review College, member
  • Research Centre for Social Sciences Steering Group, member
  • Lead, York Asia Research Network (YARN)

External roles

  • Royal Economic Society Council, elected member.

Research

Overview

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. 

Projects

  • "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.

Supervision

  • Edith Aguirre Rodriguez, University of York. Topic: "Essays on the Economics of the Family in Mexico".
  • Meng Ni, University of York. Topic: “The Stigma of ‘The Third Gender’: Understanding Chinese Female PhDs in China and the UK.” 

See http://www.york.ac.uk/economics/our-people/phd-students/

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.)

Publications

Selected publications

Full details of publications can be found at RePEc


Recent Papers

 

Recent Reports

  • 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.

 

Teaching

Undergraduate

Second Year

  • Cost Benefit Analysis

Third Year

  • Applied Economics 
  • Labour Economics

Postgraduate

  • Labour Economics
  • Postgraduate Project

External activities

Memberships

Invited talks and conferences

Some Recent

  • Work, Pensions and Labour Economics (WPEG) Conference, Sheffield July 2018.
  • Chatham House International Policy Forum G20 2018. Making Gender Equality Happen, London, July 2018.
  • Society of Economics of the Household Conference, Paris, May 2018.
  • Scottish Economic Society Conference, Perth, April 2018.
  • Royal Economic Society Conference, Brighton, March 2018. 
  • Australian Labour Market Research Conference (ALMR), Canberra, December 2017.
  • Inaugural Conference of the Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE), Canberra, December 2017.

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Karen Mumford
Professor
Department of Economics
Room: A/EC/019

Tel: 01904 323756

karen.mumford@york.ac.uk

LPC Project: Gender Pay Gap and Low Pay in the UK

Lead, York Asia Research Network (YARN)

Office and feedback hours during term time:

Tuesday 9:30-11:30
or by email appointment during vacation periods