Hanna Wang is an Assistant Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, a Research Fellow at MOVE, and an Affiliated Professor at the BSE. She is interested in employment and fertility over the lifecycle, job search and gender differences in employment decisions.
In one of her papers, she studies how parental leave, childcare and other child-related policies affect women’s lifetime labor and fertility decisions in Germany. Responses depend not only on the woman’s education level and fertility preference but also vary in timing. She further demonstrates how to optimally set policies when trying to achieve different objectives. In another paper, she examines to which extent workers’ application efforts vary across different skill levels when competing in the same labour market. She theoretically shows that the concern to lose job offers to more skilled workers can have an ambiguous effect on the benefit of sending additional applications.