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Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) (Georgetown University-School of Foreign Service); MA (Waterloo); PhD (Queen's)
Areas of specialization: Labour economics; Health economics; Economics of gender
My research spans several topics. My PhD focused on gender differences in entry, earnings and duration in self-employment. I also developed a three state wage posting model to predict that if credit constraints are binding for women but not men, the subsequent gender gap in expected self-employment returns could generate a gender gap in wages. More recently I have investigated whether minimum wage regulation affects specific subgroups of the population more than others (i.e. Women versus Men, Immigrant versus Native Born). And in a SSHRC funded project (with Lori Curtis), I explore whether differences in community level market composition are correlated with differences in individual self-reported health. Results indicate that individuals living in communities with proportionately more small businesses have a higher probability of reporting excellent health.
With the intent of becoming a politician and making the world a more peaceful place, I began my studies at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service. However, during a course on Economics of the Middle East, I decided that the most important factor in domestic and international relations is economics, and so I set out to complete an MA and later a PhD in the subject. Switching from Trade to Resource to Labour studies, I found that I love both theory and applied aspects of economics.
My current research interests are broad, spanning topics in Labour, Well-being, and Health, as well as Risk Aversion and Market Composition. I also enjoy Macroeconomics, and in particular, Search and Matching Theory.
On a personal note: No, I am not related to Tadeusz Rybczynski!
Rybczynski, Kate, “Alternative Medicine, Worker Health, and Absenteeism in the United States.” Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Vol. 32, June 2017.
Rybczynski, Kate & Sen, Anindya, "Employment Effects of the Minimum Wage: Panel Data Evidence from Canadian Provinces" . Accepted at Contemporary Economic Policy, February, 2017.
- Rybczynski, Kate, "Gender differences in portfolio risk across birth cohort and martial status." Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 48, No. 1, February 2015. https://ideas.repec.org/a/cje/issued/v48y2015i1p28-63.html
- Curtis, Lori & Rybczynski, Kate, "Exiting poverty: Does sex matter?" Canadian Public Policy, Vol. 40, No. 2, June 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.3138/cpp.2012-001
- Rybczynski, Kate, "What Drives Self-Employment Survival for Women and Men? Evidence from Canada", Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 36, No. 1, March 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s12122-014-9194-4
- Rybczynski, Kate, & Curtis, Lori, "Can market structure explain cross-country differences in health?" Farmeconomia: Health economics and theraputic pathways, Vol. 14 No.1, 2013. http://journals.edizioniseed.it/index.php/FE/article/view/432
- Sen, Anindya, Rybczynski, Kathleen, and Van de Waal, Corey, “Teen Employment, Poverty, and the Minimum Wage: Evidence from Canada.” Labour Economics, Vol.18 No.1, Jan, 2011. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0927-5371(10)00077-1
- Rybczynski, Kate, “Are Liquidity Constraints Holding Women Back? An Analysis of Gender in Self-Employment Earnings” Journal of Economic Asymmetries, Vol.6 No.1, June 2009. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1703494915302991
Please refer to my CV for a full listing of publications.