Coleen Manchester
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Colleen Flaherty Manchester

Associate Professor
Department of Work and Organizations


  • BA 2002
    Public Policy Stanford University

  • BA 2002
    Economics Stanford University

  • PhD 2007
    Economics Stanford University


  • Effect of workplace benefits and policies on employees: retirement savings, on-the-job training and human capital accumulation; flexible work arrangements, work-family policies; gender and careers.

Colleen Flaherty Manchester, PhD, is an associate professor in the Work and Organizations department at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. She completed her PhD in economics from Stanford University, with a specialization in labor economics and public finance. She also received her B.A. in both public policy and economics from Stanford University.  Her research investigates the provision of benefits and programs by employers, including flexible work practices, work-family policies, human capital investment, and retirement plans, and the incentives they create for workers.  She seeks to advance a multidisciplinary, multi-method research agenda for studying the effects of workplace practices on the careers of workers.  Her research has been published in leading journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Human Resources, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and Industrial Relations.

Selected Works

Leslie, Lisa M., Colleen Flaherty Manchester, and Patricia C. Dahm. 2017. “Why and When Does the Gender Pay Gap Reverse? Diversity goals and the Pay Premium for High Potential Women. Academy of Management Journal, 60(2): 402-432.
Goda, Gopi S., Damon Jones, and Colleen Flaherty Manchester. In Press. “Retirement Plan Type and Employee Mobility: The Role of Selection.” Journal of Human Resources, In Press.
Dahm, Patricia C., Theresa M. Glomb, Colleen Flaherty Manchester, Sophie Leroy. 2015. “Work-Family Conflict and Self-Discrepant Time Allocation at Work.” Journal of Applied Psychology, 100(5): 767-792
Goda, Gopi S., Colleen Flaherty Manchester, and Aaron Sojourner. 2014. “What Will My Account Really Be Worth? Experimental Evidence on How Retirement Income Projections Affect Saving.” Journal of Public Economics, 112: 80-92.
Manchester, Colleen Flaherty and Debra Barbezat. 2013. “The Effect of Time Use in Explaining Male-Female Productivity Differences Among Economists.” Industrial Relations, 52(1): 53-77.
Manchester, Colleen Flaherty, Lisa M. Leslie, and Amit Kramer. 2013. “Is the Clock Still Ticking? An Evaluation of the Consequences of Stopping the Tenure Clock.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 63(1): 1-36.
Leslie, Lisa M., Colleen Flaherty Manchester, Tae-Youn Park, and Si Ahn Mehng. 2012. “Flexible Work Practices: A Source of Career Penalties or Premiums?” Academy of Management Journal, 55: 1407-1428.
Goda, Gopi S., Damon Jones, and Colleen Flaherty Manchester. In Press. “Retirement Plan Type and Employee Mobility: The Role of Selection.” Journal of Human Resources.

Current Activities

Administrative Appointments

  • Sabbatical, Academic Year 2017-18. 

    • Visiting Professor, University of Aarhus 2017
    • Visitng Professor, Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research 2018

    Lawrence Fellow, Carlson School of Management, 2018-19

Current Research

    • Effect of exponential growth bias and procrastination on retirement contributions
    • Partial transferability of training received through formal degree programs
    • Firm response to change in mandatory retirement rules
    • Family responsibilties and career outcomes