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Dr Pawel Gola

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BA (Warsaw School of Economics), MPhil DPhil (Oxon)

Research Fellow


I have completed my undergraduate degree at the Warsaw School of Economics. I moved to Oxford in 2010, where I have first received my MPhil in Economics in 2012 and then my DPhil in 2015 – both under the supervision of Dr Ian Jewitt. During the DPhil I have also been a College Lecturer at Emmanuel’s sister college, Exeter.


My research is focused on labour market matching: so matching of workers to firms. I am particularly interested in occupational sorting, both with and without the presence of relative concerns. This is an important issue, as occupational sorting determines who joins which industry and, thus, the supply of talent in each sector of the economy. As such, it has a strong impact on wages, wage inequality and growth. Moreover, as I demonstrated in my doctoral dissertation, the relocation of agents is an important channel of shock transmission across industries. Currently, I continue developing this research agenda: among others, I am investigating the labour market implications of Veblen’s (1899) hypothesis that more information about status results in less conspicuous consumption.

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