Nicole M. Fortin is a Professor of Economics at the University of British Columbia, where she received her Ph.D. She is also a research fellow in the SIIWB program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and a research director at CLSRN.

Her research interests focus on two themes: on the one hand, wage inequality and its links to labour market institutions, higher education policies, and more recently occupational tasks, and on the other hand, issues linked to gender equality, the economic progress of women, and gender role attitudes. Her contributions in applied econometrics, published in Econometrica, comprise the widely used DFL reweighting decomposition methodology and the newer RIF(recentered influence function) regression methodology.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2011.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10829

This paper explores the consequences of the under-representation of women in top jobs for the overall gender pay gap. Using administrative annual earnings data from Canada, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, it applies the approach used in the analysis of earnings inequality in top incomes, as well as reweighting techniques,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10433

Using the PISA surveys (2000-2012), this paper explores the relationship between math test scores and everyday computer gaming by gender and for high income and middle income countries. We use two identification strategies in the spirit of an ideal experiment that would reduce computer gaming through limited internet access or...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7484
publiished in: Economic Inquiry, 2014, 52(3), 974-993.

We provide the first solid evidence that Chinese superstitious beliefs can have significant effects on house prices in a North American market with a large immigrant population. Using real estate data on close to 117,000 house sales, we find that houses with address number ending in four are sold at...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5542

This paper argues that changes in the returns to occupational tasks have contributed to changes in the wage distribution over the last three decades. Using Current Population Survey (CPS) data, we first show that the 1990s polarization of wages is explained by changes in wage setting between and within occupations,...