Susan Vroman is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Georgetown University. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University. At Georgetown, she teaches courses in labor economics and microeconomic theory. She has been a Visiting Professor at Uppsala University, Stockholm University, Osaka University, University of Melbourne, and the Free University of Amsterdam. Her main area of research has been on equilibrium theories of unemployment and wage dispersion. She also works on women's labor market outcomes and on trade unions.
She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2000.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10467
James Albrecht, Monica Robayo-Abril, Susan Vroman
forthcoming in: Economic Journal, 2017

We extend the Diamond-Mortensen-Pissarides model of equilibrium unemployment to incorporate public-sector employment. We calibrate our model to Colombian data and analyze the effects of public-sector wage and employment policy on the unemployment rate, on the division of employment between the private and public sectors, and on the distributions of wages...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8005
published in: Labour Economics, 2015, 33, 66-71

Derek Neal (JPE 2004) used the NLSY79 to show that the observed median log wage gap between young white and young black women in 1990 underestimated the true, selection-corrected gap, i.e., the gap we would have expected to see had all of these women been employed in 1990. In this...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4671
published in: Review of Economic Dynamics, 2016, 19, 218-231

In this paper, we present a directed search model of the housing market. The pricing mechanism we analyze reflects the way houses are bought and sold in the United States. Our model is consistent with the observation that houses are sometimes sold above, sometimes below and sometimes at the asking...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4246
revised version published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2011, 64(5), 1039-1057

We examine the evolution of the Swedish wage distribution over the periods 1968-1981 and 1981-2000. The first period was the heyday of the Swedish solidarity wage policy with strongly equalization clauses in the central wage agreements. During the second period, there was more scope for firm-specific factors to affect wages....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4097
published in: Economics Letters, 2010, 106 (1), 48-50

We show that in a search/matching model with endogenous participation in which workers are heterogeneous with respect to market productivity, satisfying the Hosios rule leads to excessive vacancy creation. The reason is that the marginal worker does not internalize the effect of his or her participation on average productivity.

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3137
published in: Journal of Economic Theory, 2010, 145(4), 1386-1407

We consider the problem of sequential search when the decision to stop searching is made by a committee. We show that a symmetric stationary equilibrium exists and is unique given that the distribution of rewards is log concave. Committee members set a lower acceptance threshold than do single-agent searchers. In...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2385
published in: Review of Economic Dynamics, 2009, 12(1), 129-146

The Swedish adult education program known as the Knowledge Lift (1997-2002) was unprecedented in its size and scope, aiming to raise the skill level of large numbers of low-skill workers. This paper evaluates the potential effects of this program on aggregate labor market outcomes. This is done by calibrating an...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2141
published in: Economic Journal, 2009, 119 (539), 1105 - 1129

In many economies, there is substantial economic activity in the informal sector, beyond the reach of government policy. Labor market policies, which by definition apply only to the formal sector, can have important spillover effects on the informal sector. The relative sizes of the informal and formal sectors adjust, the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1503

The Swedish adult education program known as the Knowledge Lift is unprecedented in its size and scope, aiming to raise the skill level of all low-skilled workers towards the medium level. This paper evaluates the effects of program participation on individual labor market outcomes, notably employment and annual income, as...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1400
published in: Labour Economics, 2009, 16 (4), 383-396

In this paper, we use quantile regression decomposition methods to analyze the gender gap between men and women who work full time in the Netherlands. Because the fraction of women working full time in the Netherlands is quite low, sample selection is a serious issue. In addition to shedding light...