Workplace discrimination can be devastating to individuals and careers—yet it is rarely diagnosed, and difficult to prove legally. In this master class, we will examine economic theories that address different workplace outcomes by gender, race, and other forms of difference, and uncover statistical tools to prove the existence of discriminatory behavior in both a human resources and a legal framework. We will look at a research case study and real data to address whether there is persistent gender discrimination at the very top of the corporate hierarchy and, if there is, what it means and how we can understand it.
Linda A. Bell is the provost and dean of the faculty at Barnard College of Columbia University. In addition to serving as provost of Barnard College, she holds the position of Claire Tow Professor of Economics at the college. In her varied professional and scholarly capacities, she has served as a consultant to the World Bank and the US Department of Labor, as well as held visiting faculty appointments at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and at Stanford University. She is an empirical economist and scholar of labor markets and public policy. Provost Bell has dedicated her teaching and research to examining answers to applied policy questions, most recently focusing on disparities in gender compensation at the executive level.