Social preferences at work: Evidence from online lab experiments and job-to-job mobility in the LEHD dataset

Project Summary:

This project is offers a novel twist on intra-firm mobility and job-to-job transitions by using preferences to look at labor market decisions and not simply tax preferences. We have some experience with this researcher (she is contributing to the edited volume on “Capital in the 21st Century”) and this project is an example of her ability to engage with traditional economic literature and push it in interesting and useful new directions. Using a combination of online lab experiments and matched employee-employer data—the Longitudinal Employer-Household-Dynamics Dataset—she will test for individual social preferences over payoff distributions.


Ellora Derenoncourt is a graduate student in economics at Harvard University, specializing in public economics, economic history, and microeconomic theory. Her research employs a range of methods to understand the determinants of historical and current inequality, including field experimental and theoretical work on inequity aversion and an analysis of historical institutions like slavery on economic divergence and the distribution of wealth.