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Mallika Thomas
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Mallika Thomas

Assistant Professor
Bruno Shayegani Family Faculty Fellow


Mallika Thomas is a professor of economics at Cornell. She studies labor economics, personnel economics, and economics of the family. Her research focuses fundamentally on addressing the causes of persistent inequality and the consequences of policy responses. Her most recent work focuses on peer effects in education among female MBA students and causes of the gender-wage gap upon graduation and beyond, the impact of family leave policies on the wage growth, and promotion opportunities of young women, and on the impact of such policies on employer-based discrimination.

Honors and Awards

  • Rubenstein Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Economic Studies Program.
  • Bruno Shayegani Sesquicentennial Fellow, Frank Bruno BS ILR ’87 and Aryan Shayegani BS CALS ’88, MD ’92.


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