Learning about Sophie Kornick’s Thesis: Firm Size and the Gender Wage Gap

I sat down with senior Economics major, Sophie Kornick, to ask her about her thesis.  

What did you do your senior thesis on?

I examined if there was a correlation between firm size and the gender wage gap.


What did you expect to find?

I thought that the gender wage gap would get bigger as the firm’s size got bigger.


What did you actually find?

I was surprised to find that as firm size got bigger, the gender wage gap actually got smaller.


How did you get interested in this topic?

I was in Andrew Monaco’s Industrial Organization class and he talked about an article on this topic in class.


What was your favorite part of your thesis?

I loved making my poster and putting lots of glitter on it.


Do you have any advice for those who are undertaking their economics thesis next semester?

Find your data source early.


About Ellen Knowles

I’m a senior and I love our economics department here at UPS. I work as a course assistant for intro classes along with being a part of Undergraduate Women in Economics. Some of my favorite classes have been Public Policy, Gender and the Economy, and Game Theory.

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