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Thomas Helgerman

Assistant Professor
Department of Work and Organizations


  • Ph.D. 2023
    Economics University of Michigan
  • M.A. 2017
    Economics University of Michigan
  • B.S. 2015
    Economics & Mathematics University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A. 2015
    Philosophy University of Pittsburgh


  • Labor Economics
  • Economic History
  • Gender and Family Economics


Thomas Helgerman is an Assistant Professor in the Work and Organizations Group at the Carlson School of Management in the University of Minnesota. He earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2023. Thomas is an applied microeconomist with interests in labor economics, economic history, and the economics of gender and family. His current research investigates the impact of public policy on women's educational attainment, earnings, and labor force attachment. Thomas specializes in utilizing causal inference tools in conjunction with detailed institutional knowledge to conduct policy evaluation using archival and survey data.

Selected Works & Activities

  • Working Papers
    Health Womanpower: The Role of Federal Policy in Women's Entry into Medicine
  • Working Papers
    How the 1963 Equal Pay Act and 1964 Civil Rights Act Shaped the Gender Gap in Pay
  • Journal Articles
    Changes in the US Gender Gap in Wages in the 1960s

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