Harvard Kennedy School
Michela Carlana is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. She is affiliated with Harvard's Program in Inequality and Social Policy Group and she is a reseach affiliate at IZA-Institute of Labor Economics. Carlana received her PhD in Economics from Bocconi University in June 2018. She has received the Young Economist Award of the European Economic Association in 2018 and the Econ Job Market Best Paper Award of Unicredit & Universities in 2017.
Her research agenda focuses on two main themes. First, she studies the impact of exposure to gender stereotypes on performance in mathematics, self-confidence, and track choice of adolescents. Her recent work finds that teachers' implicit stereotypes can form an unintended and often invisible barrier to equal opportunity. She is currently working on concrete policies that can be implemented in order to alleviate the negative effects of gender stereotypes on female students. Second, she works on topics related to immigration. Her work in this area has ranged from field experiments aimed at reducing inequality in educational achievement to quasi-experimental designs to analyze the effect of exposure to immigration on marriage and fertility of natives.