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Karen Mumford is Associate Provost (Asia and Oceania), Professor of Economics, and Director of the Asian Research Centre (YARN), all at the University of York. She received her doctorate in economics from the Australian National University (ANU) in 1991. She has subsequently taught at the ANU, the University of Warwick and the University of York. She has held visiting positions at the ANU, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Princeton. Karen’s research is concerned with labour economics: wage bargaining; industrial disputation; employment dynamics; the relative labour market position of women; and implications from using the family as the unit of analysis.
Karen's publications have ranged from international journals with a general focus such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Economic Journal, Economica, and the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics; specialist labour economics journals such as the Industrial and Labor Relations Review and the British Journal of Industrial Relations; policy fora (Economic Papers); professional newsletters (the Royal Economic Society Newsletter); government reports; and a book.
Karen has been the Chair of the Royal Economic Society Women's Committee and is currently a member of the Women's Committee in an ex officio role. She was the Convenor of the UK labour economics study group (WPEG) and is a member of its Steering Committee. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2016 for services to economics and labour market diversity.
She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2004.