Chantal Pezold

Pre-doctoral Research Associate

Chantal is an incoming PhD Student in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Currently, she works as a pre-doctoral fellow at MIT and the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). Chantal holds a BSc and MSc in Economics from Humboldt University Berlin and was a research fellow and visiting student at Harvard University during the academic year 2021/2022.

Her primary interests are in labor economics, with a focus on worker representation, wage inequality, and technical change. In her current research, she studies what factors drive the formation of labor unions, highlighting the role of workers’ outside options in the labor market and the electoral representation of low-wage workers. In a closely related strand of work, she explores how unions, and other forms of worker representation, impact firms’ technology choices.