Fellow, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Using behavioral and experimental economics, Emma Heikensten researches the economics of gender and inequality. More specifically, she concentrates on gender differences in influence by evaluating advice seeking behavior.
Emma Heikensten is a doctoral candidate in Economics, a Fellow of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and a Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program, both at Harvard University. Her research interests are in behavioral and experimental economics with a focus on the economics of gender and inequality. More specifically, she concentrates on gender differences in who is influenced by whom by researching advice seeking behavior both in the laboratory and in the field. Determinants of the decision on who to seek advice from and how to use it are important to understand in order to form a theory of what drives men and women to speak up and how their ideas are spread. If advice is only sought from one group in society, then new ideas are unlikely to develop. Furthermore, the group that is not influential, from whom advice is neither sought nor used, might feel unwelcome or disconnected. As a WAPPP Fellow, Emma will continue to develop her research on gender differences in influence and advice and how policy could improve current behavioral patterns. She holds an M.Sc. degree from London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.S. degree from Lund University School of Economics and Management.
"Simon Says": Examining gender differences in advice seeking and influence in the lab