IIES/SNS International Policy Talks: Lise Vesterlund on barriers in women’s careers

time and place

Thursday 15 June 2017, 09:00–10:15
SNS, Jakobsbergsgatan 18, Stockholm.

Recent studies show that women spend more time than men on non-promotable tasks. Could that be one of the explanations to the wage gap between men and women and that men are more likely to reach leading positions?

Today, women and men are almost as well educated and have paid employment to the same extent. But there are substantial differences when it comes to wage levels and representation in leading positions. Why is that? That is the award-winning economist Lise Vesterlund’s primary research area at the University of Pittsburgh.

Her experiments show that women are more prone to be asked and accept tasks that don’t lead to promotion. It is also more common that they take on non-promotable tasks without being asked.

Now Lise Vesterlund comes to SNS to present her latest research on which female and male behavioral patterns that result in the so called glass ceiling and how these patterns can be changed in work places.

Anna Sandberg, economist at IIES, has studied how gender affects inequality on the labor market and will also participate in the discussion.

The seminar will be held in English.


Anna Sandberg, Post doctor of economics, IIES, Stockholm University
Lise Vesterlund, Andrew W. Mellon Professor, University of Pittsburgh. Vesterlund is also Research Associate at National Bureau of Economic Research and editor for several journals.

The seminar will be led by Robert Östling, Research Fellow of economics, IIES, Stockholm University.

Registration and fee

The number of seats is limited. The meeting is open to SNS members*, those with an invitation and the press. The fee is SEK 395 + VAT. An invoice will be sent after the meeting. Cancellations after June 13 or absents will be charged.

Warm welcome!