Mackenzie Alston

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Organizations involve people of different races, genders, ages, socioeconomic statuses, cultures, etc. As more research is conducted, we are learning more about how diversity benefits both employees and companies. What I appreciate about IZA World of Labor is that it provides a comprehensible review of some of the amazing and important work done on topics like diversity in the workplace

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Research interest

Discrimination, gender, race, labor economics, education

Past positions

Assistant Professor, Economics, Florida State University (2019–2022); Post-doctoral Fellow, National Bureau of Economics (2021–2022)


PhD Economics, Texas A&M, 2019

Selected publications

  • "The effect of stereotypes on black college test scores at a historically black university." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 194 (2022): 408–424 (with W. Darity, C. Eckel, L. McNeil, and R. Sharpe).

  • "High-capacity donors’ preferences for charitable giving." Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 50:6 (2021): 1262–1273 (with C. Eckel, J. Meer, and W. Zhan).

  • "The global COVID-19 student survey: First wave results." Covid Economics 79 (2021): 152–217 (with D. Jaeger, J. Arellano-Bover, K. Karbownik, M. Martínez-Matute, J. Nunley, A. Seals, and S. Becker).

  • "The effect of dropping lowest test scores on learning and performance." Equilibria 3 (2015): 13–18.