Yana Gallen

Assistant Professor
Harris Public Policy

Yana Gallen’s research interests are broadly directed toward the fields of labor economics and public policy. Her scholarship focuses on understanding the sources of the gender pay gap and how much of the gap is explained by preferences, discrimination, and productivity. She is also interested in the impact of family friendly policies on the labor market, especially the indirect or unanticipated effects of policy reforms. An example of the questions she explores is how extended maternity leave affects the career paths of co-workers, whether these extensions are costly to firms, and whether that cost is passed on to future mothers. Many of her projects use Danish register data that link workers and firms.

Gallen graduated from the University of Chicago with a BS in mathematics with specialization in economics. She then spent a year as a research professional at the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics and completed a summer internship with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Research Department prior to earning MA and PhD degrees in economics from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, she won the Susan Schmidt Bies Prize for Doctoral Student Research on Economics and Public Policy.

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