We would like to congratulate our 2021-2022 job candidates! They are all moving on to exciting positions across the globe in academia or in the private sector. Justin Dang, Tao Wang, and Quanfeng Zhou are taking Assistant Professor positions at the University of San Diego, the University of Victoria (Canada), and the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, respectively. Yanchao Yang will be going to DePaul University as a Clinical Instructor. Meanwhile, Saman Banafti, Taghi Farzad, and Zhaozhen Zhao will be taking dynamic Economist positions at Amazon, Fannie Mae, and Diagonex, respectively. We wish them all success in this next phase.
Deepshikha Batheja’s (Ph.D. 2020) study “Gender Peer Effects in Indian Call Centers”, received the Best Paper Award at the Indian Statistical Institute’s 3rd Annual Women in the Economy Workshop, and has been featured in the World Bank Development Impact Blog, Ideas for India, the International Growth Centre (IGC) blog, and the national daily Hindustan Times. Batheja conducted a randomized control trial (RCT) to study if the gender of co-workers mattered for call center employees in five Indian cities. For both male and female employees in mixed-gender teams, there was no negative effect on productivity. This, and other observations relating to mutual learning and knowledge spillovers, provide supportive evidence for integrating women into the workplace without additional costs to the firm.