The next virtual Early-Stage Researcher Professional Development session will take place on Friday, March 25 at 1 p.m. CT. Sari Kerr (Wellesley College) will talk about her academic and research career and answer questions from the audience. This special session is open to 25 early-stage researchers.
Sari Pekkala Kerr, Ph.D., is an economist and a senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College. Her studies and teaching focus on the economics of labor markets, education, and families.
One strand of Dr. Kerr’s research evaluates the impact of different schooling systems on learning outcomes and economic mobility, especially for children from disadvantaged family backgrounds. A second strand examines the role of high-skilled immigration within U.S. firms, and the overall economic impact of immigration on the economy. Dr. Kerr’s 2016 NBER Working Paper, co-authored with William Kerr, Ph.D., found that immigrants play a disproportionate role in American entrepreneurship. In May 2017, she presented an overview of research on patterns of skilled migration at the Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM), hosted by the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Her recent work also quantifies the effect of information regarding labor market prospects on students’ choices among study programs, and the impact of public policies on the coverage and usage of parental leaves across the family income distribution.