Faculty Research Talks


Date: Thursday, February 25th
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Online Session: https://bryant.zoom.us/j/95188427781

Xiaofei (Sophie) Pan

Department of Economics 


The Effect of Task Choice and Task Assignment on the Gender Earnings Gap: An Experimental Study


Previous studies explain the gender earnings gap by gender differences in choosing competitive and higher-paying jobs. However, little is known about whether and how women’s earnings are affected when they choose more challenging jobs. In this study, we use a novel identification strategy to investigate 1) how the gender earnings gap arises from individuals’ self-selecting into different tasks and 2) whether mobilizing women to work on the tasks typically preferred by men increases women’s earnings and decreases the earnings gap. Our results show that men who prefer the hard and higher-paid task are more likely to obtain higher earnings regardless of the task they are assigned.  In contrast, we find that women obtain higher earnings when they work on a hard and higher-paid task even if their initial take choice is the easy and lower-paid one. Our findings are consistent and robust across task stereotypes.  Our results imply that mobilizing women to work on more challenging and rewarding tasks is likely to reduce the gender earnings gap.

Past Talks

Professor Cedric Joseph Oliva

Department of Modern Languages

Topic: (Not so) Foreign Languages: Plurilinguistic Acquisition and Development Through Language Proximities and Intercomprehension

Ganga Urumutta Hewage

Department of Marketing 

Topic: Preference for Experiences: Regulatory Focus and the Tradesoffs between Experiential and Material Purchase 

Kathryn Ostermeier

Department of Management  

Topic: Some Rules are Meant to be Broken: Individual Differences and Rule-Breaking Behavior

Xiaofei (Sophie) Pan

Department of Economics 

Topic: Team incentives, productivity and choices: a real-time real effort experiment

Steven Weicksel

Department of Science & Technology

Topic: In (or out) of the Loop: Understanding Chromatin Organization and Gene Expression in Vertebrate Development. 

Rick Gorvett

Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics 

Topic: Automated Vehicles: Assessing the Risks

Nicole Freiner

Associate Professor, History and Social Sciences

Topic: Rice and Agricultural Policies in Japan

Gerald John

Science and Technology

Topic: Microplastics – the plastics we don’t know about 

Son Nguyen

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Topic: Bankruptcy Prediction Using Multiple Under-Sampling: A Study of North American Companies

Alicia Lamere

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Topic: Robust Comparison of Expression Levels on RNA-Seq Data with Large Sample Sizes

Gao Niu

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Topic: A financial protection strategy for families that have a child with Down Syndrome.

Consolata Mutua

Lecturer, Communications

Topic: African women refugees: An analysis of oppression, resistance, and resilience post-resettlement.​

Katayoun Alidadi

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Topic: Gauging progress towards equality? Challenges and best practices of equality data collection in the EU.

Cathy Zheng

Assistant Professor of Finance

Topic: Does social trust affect international contracting? Evidence from foreign bond covenants.

Dirk Primus

Assistant Professor of Management

Topic: Crafting better teams: The effort of creative methods during team initiation on team climate.

Julie Volkman

Assistant Professor Communication

Topic: Discussing Next Steps in Health Messages and Emotion and Athletic Expenditure and Performance. (CO-Presenter)

Laura Beaudin

Assistant Professor Economics

Topic: Discussing Next Steps in Health Messages and Emotion and Athletic Expenditure and Performance. (CO-Presenter)

The Faculty Research Talks series is a colloquium that provides Bryant faculty an opportunity to present their current scholarly activities to their colleagues, in a stimulating, collegial, and informal environment. The research can be at any stage or level, including ideas and concepts for projects, updates on work and analyses in progress, or a conference presentation. We expect the colloquium will provide a networking venue for research collaborations. The presentations are open to all Bryant faculty, and members from all disciplines are encouraged to attend to encourage interdisciplinary interchange of ideas and collaboration.