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Does Identity Affect Labor Supply?

Does identity influence economic behaviour in the labor market? Suanna Oh, a Researcher at the Paris School of Economics, investigate this question in rural India, focusing on the effect of caste identity on job-specific labor supply. Join the SITE Brown Bag Seminar on February 1 to learn more about why identity in the labor market matters.

Does Identity Influence Economic Behavior in the Labor Market?

In a field experiment, laborers choose whether to take up various job offers, which differ in associations with specific castes. Workers are less willing to accept offers that are linked to castes other than their own, especially when those castes rank lower in the social hierarchy. Workers forego large payments to avoid job offers that conflict with their caste identity, regardless of whether these decisions are made in private.

Suanna Oh, Assistant Professor at the Paris School of Economics

Suanna Oh is an Assistant Professor at the Paris School of Economics. She is interested in development and behavioural economics. Her current work focuses on studying cultural and behavioural frictions in the labor market using field experiments.

Register for the Seminar

The link to the seminar will be distributed by invitation only. If you are interested to attend the seminar, please contact site@hhs.se. Follow the instructions below: Type the subject box with “Brown bag seminar *INSERT SEMINAR TITLE*” Describe in short who you are and why you want to join. If you have followed the instructions accordingly, you will receive the Zoom-link via email with further instructions.