Professional Affiliations

Professor of Economics, The University of Texas at Austin

Former Member, President’s Council of Economic Advisers, Washington D.C.

Affiliated Professor, Norwegian School of Business and Economics

Editor, Journal of Labor Economics

Non-Resident Senior Scholar, Brookings Institution

Board Member, Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession

Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research

Research Fellow, Institution for the Study of Labor 

Principal Investigator, Center for Research on Fairness, Inequality, and Rationality (FAIR)


Recent Work

On the Origins of Risk Taking in Financial Markets, Journal of Finance. October 2017, Volume 72, Issue 5. (Joint with Paul Devereux, Petter Lundborg, and Kaveh Majlesi.) Online Appendix.


Breaking the Glass Ceiling? The Effect of Board Quotas on Female Labor Market Outcomes in Norway, forthcoming, Review of Economic Studies. (Joint with Marianne Bertrand, Sissel Jensen, and Adriana Lleras-Muney.)

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This Is Only a Test? Long-Run and Intergenerational Impacts of Prenatal Exposure to Radioactive Fallout, NBER Working Paper #18987, most recent version July 2017, forthcoming, Review of Economics and Statistics. (Joint with Aline Bütikofer, Paul Devereux, and Kjell Salvanes.)


Poor Little Rich Kids? The Determinants of the Intergenerational Transmission of Wealth, NBER Working Paper #21409, July 2015, Revised July 2017, under revision for Review of Economic Studies. (Joint with Paul Devereux, Petter Lundborg, and Kaveh Majlesi.)


Apply Yourself: Racial and Ethnic Differences in College Application, NBER Working Paper #21368, July 2015, conditionally accepted at Education Finance and Policy. (Joint with Kalena Cortes and Jane Lincove.)


Born to Lead? The Effect of Birth Order on Non-Cognitive Skills, Review of Economics and Statistics. May 2018, Volume C, Number 2.(Joint with Erik Grönqvist and Björn Öckert.)


Learning to Take Risks? The Effect of Education on Risk-Taking in Financial Markets, Review of Finance.  May 2018, Volume 22, Issue 3. (Joint with Paul Devereux, Petter Lundborg, and Kaveh Majlesi.)


Sibling Spillovers, NBER Working Paper #23062, January 2017. (Joint with Sanni Breining, David Figlio, Jonathan Guryan, Krzysztof Karbownik, Helena Skyt Nielsen, Jeffrey Roth, and Marianne Simonsen.)


On the Origins of STEM: The Role of High School STEM Coursework in Occupational Determination and Labor Market Success in Mid-Life, (Joint with Ziwei He, Chandra Muller, and Alexandra Spitz-Oener.)