Skills, Research, and Co-chair, Harvard Kennedy School’s Behavioral Insights Student Group (BISG)
Manuela Collis works on questions that look at the influence of gender on decisions and outcomes in education and the labor market. For example, she and her co-authors provide evidence that clearly stated qualifications increase the number of qualified women in the applicant pool and that women update their beliefs about their ability in male-dominated tasks more conservatively and vice versa.
Manuela Collis is a research associate at the Harvard Business School, a Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at Harvard University, and the Research Chair of HKS’ Behavioral Insights Student Group (BISG). With her research, she explores how gender influences our decisions and outcomes in education and in the labor market. She uses tools from experimental economics. Manuela takes her time at WAPPP to foster her research interests and projects and to prepare for a PhD program which she hopes to start in Summer 2020. In her joint work with Katie Coffman and Leena Kulkarni, Manuela looks at how our gendered perception of a task influences our believed ability in that task as well as our interpretation of performance feedback. They provide empirical evidence that women are generally underconfident in their ability in male-typed tasks and vice versa. Further, both, women and men are more conservative in updating their belief about their ability when given positive performance feedback on a gender incongruent task. Together with Katie Coffman and Leena Kulkarni, Manuela further explores whether stated qualifications for a promotion increase the number of qualified women in the applicant pool without influencing qualified men’s likelihood to apply. Manuela will present this research at the Academy of Management (AOM) Conference in August 2019. Manuela Collis holds a MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BSc in Business Administration with Specialization in Banking and Finance from Bern University of Applied Sciences.
Gender influences on decisions and outcomes in education and the labor market.