University Awards

Young Researcher Award

To better understand the factors limiting gender convergence in the economy and to use research to help inform and develop effective policies to address the remaining disparities in the labour market. Assoc Prof Jessica PAN
PhD, MBA, BA (University of Chicago)
Department of Economics,
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Sciences
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  • Her research on gender and the labour market focuses on relatively underexplored explanations for the persistent gender gaps in labour market outcomes. Selected studies include:
    • Awarded the H. Gregg Lewis Prize for the Best Paper in the Journal of Labor Economics in 2015 – 2016 for her sole-authored paper titled “Gender Segregation in Occupations: The Role of Tipping and Social Interactions”
    • Co-authored a paper titled “Gender Identity and Relative Income within Households” (Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2015), which provides one of the first empirical tests of the gender identity model and shows how adherence to these norms limits gender convergence in the labour market and affects family outcomes. This paper is highly cited and has been featured widely in numerous media outlets
    • Co-authored one of the few papers in the literature, titled “Social Norms, Labour Market Opportunities, and the Marriage Gap for Skilled Women” (Review of Economic Studies, 2021), that explores the marriage market implications of the interaction between gender norms and women’s economic opportunities. The findings from this paper have implications for understanding the drivers of particularly low marriage rates and fertility of college-educated women in East Asia
  • Secured research grants of about $1 million from the Ministry of Education, JY Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre, Russell Sage Foundation and National Science Foundation
  • Elected fellow of the prestigious Econometric Society in 2020
  • Published 17 articles, including one each in the well-respected Quarterly Journal of Economics and Review of Economic Studies as well as several papers in top field journals such as the Journal of Labor Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics and American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
  • Obtained more than 2,500 total citations with a Hirsch index of 18
  • Invited to write a handbook chapter on “Occupation and Gender” for the Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Women and the Economy and a review article on “Children and the Remaining Gender Gaps in the Labor Market” in the Journal of Economic Literature
  • Associate editor of Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (since 2020), Journal of Population Economics (since 2020), and Journal of the European Economic Association (since 2018)
  • Advisory board member of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s (US) Study Group on “Gender in the Economy” (since 2020)
  • Reviewer for more than 40 peer-reviewed journals, and for funding agencies worldwide
  • Chair / co-organiser / programme committee member and keynote speaker for several local and international conferences
  • Secretary, Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (since 2019)
  • Dean’s Chair, NUS FASS (2019 – 2022)
  • Excellence in Refereeing Award, American Economic Review (2018)
  • Award for Promising Researcher, NUS FASS (AY2014/15)
  • NUS Writing Fellowship (AY2014/15, Semester 1)
  • Excellent Teacher Award, NUS FASS (AY2011/12)
 Honour Roll Recipients