Norwegian School of Economics, Norway, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway
Labor economics, applied micro-econometrics, public economics
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Norwegian Expert in Norges Grant Project 2014–2016: Norwegian partner/expert in project “Lifetime economic impacts of maternity,” Norwegian-Czech cooperation with Gender Studies (Prague), project supported by the Open Society Fund Prague, from the program Let’s Give (Wo)men a Chance, financed by Norges Grant; Report to the Swedish Government 2014: Editor of the anthology ”Wages, compensation and career” (with K. Thorburn) for the Delegation for Gender Equality; Expert in the Forum “Equality and personal management” (Gleichstellungsorientiertes Personalmanagement) invited by Board of Advisors for the second Equality Report to the German Government (Sachverständigenkommission des Zweiten Gleichstellungsberichts der Bundesregierung), April 2016; Principal investigator on behalf of NHH, who will act as expertise partner in the project “Youth employment partnerSHIP—evaluation studies in Spain, Hungary, Italy and Poland," financed by the "EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment" 2018–2022
One year visiting research professor at IZA, Germany; Associate Professor, Norwegian School of Economics, Norway
PhD Economics, University College London, 2000
"The effect of children on earnings inequality among men." Review of Economics of the Household (2019): 1–28.
"Gender wage gap in developed countries." In: Averett, S. L., L. M. Argys, and S. D. Hoffman (eds). The Handbook on Women and the Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
"Women helping women? Evidence from private sector data on plant hierarchies." Review of Economics and Statistics 99:5 (2017): 769–775 (with A. Kunze and A. R. Miller).
“Gender differences in job search among young workers: A study using displaced workers in the United States.” Southern Economic Journal 82:1 (2015): 185–207 (with K. R. Troske).
“The family gap in career progression.” Research in Labor Economics 41 (2015): 115–142.
Parental leave and maternal labor supply Updated
Parental leave increases the family–work balance, but prolonged leave may have negative impacts on mothers’ careersAstrid Kunze, June 2022Numerous studies have investigated whether the provision and generosity of parental leave affects the employment and career prospects of women. Parental leave systems typically provide either short unpaid leave mandated by the firm, as in the US, or more generous and universal leave mandated by the government, as in Canada and several European countries. Key economic policy questions include whether, at the macro level, female employment rates have increased due to parental leave policies; and, at the micro level, whether the probability of returning to work and career prospects have increased for mothers after childbirth.MoreLess