Assistant Professor
Department of Economics, Boston University
I am on leave at Princeton University in 2022–2023

I am a labor economist and also work on topics related to public and behavioral economics. I have worked on compensating differentials, intertemporal optimization, and signaling and social norms. Within each of these areas, a key theme is worker preferences and labor market choices pertaining to work hours and flexibility, focusing particularly on implications for women and low-skilled workers.

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Pronounce Linh the same as the English word ling.
Pronounce Tô as in the Spanish word tomate, Portuguese word , or French word tôt.

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Option (Alt) + i, then o Alt + 0244 [on Numpad] for ô Hold down the letter o {\^o}

Working Papers


Wage Differentials and the Price of Workplace Flexibility

Marshall Drake, Neil Thakral, and Linh Tô

Why do high-wage workers have more flexibility in location and schedule but not in how much to work, and how do the resulting compensating differentials contribute to wage inequality?

abstract | email for draft | bibtex

Anticipation and Consumption

Neil Thakral and Linh Tô

How does the time spent anticipating receiving a stimulus payment or a cash transfer affect consumption and saving?

abstract | paper | appendix | ssrn | bibtex

The Signaling Role of Parental Leave

Linh Tô (new draft in progress, joint with Bence Bøje-Kovács)

Does taking shorter parental leave decrease the childbirth penalty because of what it signals to the employer?

abstract | paper | bibtex

Anticipation and Temptation

Neil Thakral and Linh Tô

How does poverty cause people to behave myopically and affect their consumption of temptation goods?

abstract | paper | bibtex



Daily Labor Supply and Adaptive Reference Points

Neil Thakral and Linh Tô
American Economic Review, August 2021

Do workers with fully flexible hours also have a flexible income target?

abstract | paper | appendix | slides | publisher | replication | bibtex

Work in Progress

Bayesian Adaptive Choice Experiments

(with Marshall Drake, Fernando Payró, and Neil Thakral)

The Fragility of Social Norms: Theory and Evidence from a Youth Correction Center

(with Kaiwen Leong and Huailu Li)

Hiring and the Dynamics of the Gender Gap

(with Hannah Illing and Hanna Schwank)