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This dissertation consists of three empirical essays that focus on the intersection of management, gender issues and education. I am interested in finding policy interventions that promote healthy, efficient and more inclusive workplaces. To do so, I study the micro and behavioral aspects of labor markets using different methodologies. In Chapters 1 and 2, I study two key features in management, namely mentorship and leadership. Both have an economic impact on individual employee outcomes as well as organizational performance. I examine advice giving in mentoring relations in my job market paper and leadership decisions, performance and styles of men and women managers in another study. Chapter 3 focuses on issues in education. Choice of major affects career outcomes and income trajectories. Women are less likely than men to major in quantitatively heavy fields like STEM or economics. I examine if attitudes of women towards choice of economics as a major are affected by the kind of information they receive and, in the process, understand their preferences. The leitmotif of this dissertation is understanding and mitigating gender gaps.

Degree Date

Summer 8-4-2020

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Tim Salmon

Second Advisor

Danila Serra

Third Advisor

Omer Ozak

Fourth Advisor

Elira Kuka

Fifth Advisor

Nate Pattison

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