Working Papers

These papers are working drafts of research which often appear in final form in academic journals. The published versions may differ from the working versions provided here.

Saumitra Jha, Moses Shayo
February 9, 2021

Many studies document low rates of financial literacy and suboptimal levels of participation in financial markets. These issues are particularly acute among women. Does this reflect a self-reinforcing trap? If so, can a nudge to...

Petra Persson, Maya Rossin-Slater
January 22, 2021

We study how fathers’ access to workplace flexibility affects maternal postpartum health. We use variation from a Swedish reform that granted new fathers more flexibility to take intermittent parental leave during the postpartum period and...

Susan Cherry, Erica Xuewei Jiang, Gregor Matvos, Tomasz Piskorski, Amit Seru
January 19, 2021

We follow a representative panel of US borrowers to study the suspension of household debt payments (debt forbearance) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Between March and October of 2020, loans worth $2 trillion entered forbearance. On...

Zhengyang Jiang, Hanno Lustig, Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh, Mindy Z. Xiaolan
January 19, 2021

When the government commits to a debt policy, the future value of government primary surpluses at all horizons is dictated by the debt dynamics under the risk-neutral measure. We compare the present discounted value of...

Benjamin Hébert, Michael Woodford
January 14, 2021

We derive a new cost of information in rational inattention problems, the neighborhood-based cost functions, starting from the observation that many settings involve exogenous states with a

Petra Persson, Xinyao Qiu, Maya Rossin-Slater
January 5, 2021

The health care system commonly relies on information about family medical history in the allocation of screenings and in diagnostic processes. At the same time, an emerging literature documents that treatment for “marginally diagnosed” patients...

D.P. Daniels, Jennifer Dannals, T.Z. Lys, Margaret Ann Neale

(R&R, Academy of Management Journal)

Adina Sterling, Shiya Wang

In this article we develop a network-ecology approach in which we argue that the position of an organization vis-a-vis other organizations in an external hierarchy — its status or prestige — affects the level...

Adina Sterling, Natasha Overmeyer

Egalitarianism has taken hold ideologically in many countries and has increased women’s entry into white-collar professional fields, but gendered access to professions persists. In this article the authors suggest managers’ cultural scrutiny — a practice...

Adina Sterling, Matt Cummins, Elise Tak

A great deal of research has documented relational deficits faced by various social groups as they look for jobs, and that disadvantages in job-seeking accrue to these groups as a result of these relational disadvantages....

Adina Sterling, Shannon Gilmartin, Sheri Sheppard

Scholars suggest more women should enter lucrative jobs like those in engineering and computer science to reduce the existing gender gap in pay, but also point out women’s self-beliefs in their abilities in these domains...

Mohsen Bayati, Michael Aratow, Danqi Luo, Erica Plambeck
This paper provides evidence that the arrival of an additional low-acuity patient substantially increases the wait time to start of treatment for high-acuity patients, contradicting the long-standing prior conclusion in the medical literature that the eect is...
Andrea Freund, Ashley Martin, Margaret Ann Neale

(R&R, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes)

Adina Sterling

Taking seriously the notion that race influences how proximate or distant groups are from resources, this paper develops a theory about how voluntary departure from the workplace reflects race as a structural position, meaning it...

Julia Cage, Anna Dagorret, Pauline A. Grosjean, Saumitra Jha
December 22, 2020

Can heroes legitimize strongly-proscribed and repugnant political behaviors? We exploit the purposefully arbitrary rotation of French regiments to measure the legitimizing effects of heroic credentials. 53% of French line regiments happened to rotate under a...

Rebecca Diamond, Michael J. Dickstein, Timothy McQuade, Petra Persson
December 14, 2020

We study the dynamics of participation and health care consumption in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces. Unlike other health insurance contexts, we find individuals commonly drop coverage midyear — roughly 30% of enrollees...

Jose H. Blanchet, Martin I. Reiman, Virag Shah, Lawrence M. Wein, Linjia Wu
December 7, 2020

We consider a matching market where buyers and sellers arrive according to independent Poisson processes at the same rate and independently abandon the market if not matched after an exponential amount of time with the...