Catherine van der List
BA, Middlebury College
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Vancouver School of Economics of the University of British Columbia with an expected completion date in Summer 2023. I will be available for interviews at the 2022/2023 job market.
My research interests lie in labor, urban, and public economics with a particular focus on agglomeration economies, imperfect local labor markets, and place-based policies. In my job market paper, I study how establishments trade-off labor-market power and productivity spillovers in choosing a location and how this decision making process impacts the design of place-based policies.
Job Market Paper
To study the distribution of economic activity across space and the effects of place-based policies, I develop a model of the location choice of new establishments incorporating taxes, monopsonistic labor markets, and spillovers. Estimates using administrative data from Germany indicate that establishments generally have a preference for lower taxes, as well a preference for lower worker outside options which enable establishments to pay lower wages. The degree to which various types of productivity spillovers matter in the location decision of establishments varies greatly between industrial sectors. I also quantify the effects of a counterfactual place-based policy and find that commuting zones display highly heterogeneous wage and economic activity responses to the same policy due to differing degrees of labor market power across space.
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The fraction of the US workforce identified as involuntary part-time workers rose to new highs during the US Great Recession and came down only slowly in its aftermath. We assess the determinants of involuntary part-time work using an empirical framework that accounts for business cycle effects and persistent structural features of the labor market. We conduct regression analyses using state-level panel data for the years 2003–16. The results indicate that structural factors, notably shifts in the industry composition of employment, have held the incidence of involuntary part-time work slightly more than 1 percentage point above its prerecession level.
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Using the 1996, 2001, 2004, and 2008 panels of the Survey of Income and Program Participation, I investigate the influence earner status plays on individual behavior in response to a spouse's job separation. I find that conditional on gender, there are still large remaining differences in behavior based on earner status. Conditional on earner status, there are few remaining gender differences on the intensive margin, but clear differences on the extensive margin. As the equivalence between gender and earner status continues to erode over time, examining earner status will become even more important.
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Work In Progress
Do Firm Subsidies Crowd Out Productive New Entrants? (with Sarah Fritz)
Disentangling Marshall’s Agglomeration Forces: A Production and Labor Networks Approach" (with Sudipta Ghosh)
University of British Columbia:
- President’s Academic Excellence Initiative Ph.D. Award, 2020-2022
- Academic Achievement Award (Faculty of Arts Graduate Award), 2019
- Albert Whiteley Memorial Fellowship, 2017
- Doctoral Fellowship (Four Year Fellowship), 2016-2020
- International Tuition Award, 2016-2022.
- Seniors Honors Thesis Award in International Politics and Economics, 2014
- 2022: Government Finance: Expenditures, teaching assistant (Ph.D. field course and MA course)
- 2018: Government Finance: Expenditures, teaching assistant (MA course)