Karen Mumford specialises in labour economics and human resource management. 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.
Work Management and Organisation
Director Postgraduate Research
- Royal Economic Society Council, elected member
- National Health Service Pay Review Body, member
Karen’s research is concerned with labour economics and human resource management, 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 and Yvonne Berks.
- “Workplace Selection and Gender Pay Gaps in Britain” with Peter N. Smith.
- “On the Recognition of Research Excellence for Lecturers in UK Economics: Outputs, Gender and Inclusivity” with Richard McManus and Cristina Sechel.
- “Job Satisfaction and the Quality of Jobs” with Peter N. Smith
- LPC Project: Gender Pay Gap and Low Pay in the UK
- Maraziotis, Filippos, University of York. Topic: “Essays in Applied Microeconometrics: Applications from Household and Family Economics".
Former Research Students
My former research students include:
- 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.)
Full details of publications can be found at RePEc
- Mumford, K., Aguirre, E., Einarsdóttir, A., Lockyer, B., Sayli, M., and Smith, B.A. (2021) “Pay Gaps in the National Health Service: The Puzzle of Observability and Disclosure.” IZA Discussion Paper 14882, June
- McManus, R., Mumford, K. and Sechel, C. (2021) “Measuring Research Excellence amongst Economics Lecturers in the UK.” Forthcoming, Bulletin of Economic Research.
- Mumford, K.A., Parera‑Nicolau, A. and Pena-Boquete, Y. (2020) “Labour Supply and Childcare: Allowing Both Parents to Choose.” Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 82(3): 577-602.
- Mumford, K. and Sechel, C. (2020) “Pay and Job Rank amongst Academic Economists in the UK: Is Gender Relevant?” British Journal of Industrial Relations 58(1): 82-113.
- Mumford, K. and Sechel, C. (2019) “Job Satisfaction amongst Academic Economists in the UK” Economic Letters 182: 55-58.
- Mumford, K.A. and Sechel, C. (2019) “The Gender Pay Gap among Economists in the UK.” LSE Business Review 5.11.19.
- Einarsdóttir, A., Mumford, K., Birks, Y., Lockyer, B., and Sayli, M. Understanding LGBT+ Employee Networks and How to Support Them. Final report for ESRC funded grant award ES/N019334/1. October 2020, 55 pp.
- Einarsdóttir, A., Mumford, K., Birks, Y., Aguirre, E., Lockyer, B., and Sayli, M. LGBT+ Employee Networks Within the NHS: Technical Report and Data Addendum. Supplementary report for ESRC funded grant award ES/N019334/1. October 2020, 149 pp.
- Butcher, T. Mumford, K. and Smith, P.N. The Gender Earnings Gap in British Workplaces: A Knowledge Exchange Report. September 2019.