Patrizia Massner

Hej Patrizia, can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you choose the field of economics?

- Hej! I started studying Economics at the University of Mannheim. During that time, I worked as a student research assistant at the ZEW in the department of "International Distribution and Redistribution", which made me realize my fascination for topics related to economic inequalities. I continued to pursue these topics in my Master studies at the University of Bonn. There, I worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) and the Institute for Applied Microeconomics (University of Bonn) on projects covering the technological change, migration, and educational decision making. Now, I am happy to be in Stockholm and joining at the IIES. 

Can you tell us a bit about your research interests?

- My research interests mainly lie in the field of labor economics with extensions to behavioral and public economics. For example, I am interested in investigating the drivers of economic inequalities, exploring the mechanisms of female labor force participation against the background of the persisting gender wage gap, and understanding how behavioral biases affect labor market allocations. 

Why the IIES?

- Given my research interests, I am excited by the opportunity to conduct research at the IIES. Particularly, I am looking forward to working with Arash Nekoei as my supervisor, whose input and support has been very valuable for me. Furthermore, I am excited to be part of the great research environment. For example, I have already benefited a lot from being part of the working group “Applied Lunch”. The excellent feedback that I received on my own work in combination with the fruitful discussions of other students’ projects were a great source of inspiration for me.

Warmly welcome to the IIES this fall, Patrizia!