23 June 2022

CEBI researcher Frederik Plesner Lyngse wins Best Paper Award prize at Essen Health Conference 2022

Gender gaps in performance and pay are pervasive in high-skilled occupations, and they display a clear widening pattern following the early career and the subsequent arrival of children.

It is important to understand whether this common pattern among the highly-skilled represents a causal link between the early career stage and long run gender gaps.

To investigate causal short and long run outcomes, Frederik Plesner Lyngse (CEBI), Torben Heien Nielsen (CEBI) and Itzik Fadlon (UCSD) leverage a lottery that decides where Danish physician get their first job. The researchers find that early labor market choices have far-reaching impacts on the career and family in the long run. They conclude that persistent gender gaps emerge even in a fair playing field of early-stage equality of opportunity.

These findings are from the paper “Causal Effects of Initial Career Sorting on Labor and Marriage Market Choices: A Foundation for Gender Disparities and Norms”, and co-author Frederik Plesner Lyngse (CEBI) won the 2nd place as the Best Paper Award at Essen Health Conference 2022.

The paper will be presented next time at the NBER Summer Institute, Labor Studies and Personnel Meeting Thursday 28 July 2022.

A working paper version of the paper can be found here.


The picture shows the three winners of the Best Paper Award at Essen Health Conference 2022. From left Martin Halla (Johannes Kepler University Linz), Alex Chan (Stanford University) and Frederik Lyngse Plesner (CEBI).

More information about the event can be found here