Assistant Professor
Department of Economics, Boston University

I am a labor economist with a focus on topics including gender inequality and methodology for empirical work. My recent work combines methods ranging from quasi-experimental to structural and experimental to analyze preferences of workers, employers, and consumers, and their consequences for public policy.

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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



Two-Stage Differences in Differences

John Gardner, Neil Thakral, Linh Tô, and Luther Yap

How much should we trust differences in differences estimates?

abstract | paper | appendix | package | bibtex

When Are Estimates Independent of Measurement Units?

Neil Thakral and Linh Tô

Why should you only use log and power transformations for regression analysis?

abstract | paper | slides | package | bibtex

Bayesian Adaptive Choice Experiments

Marshall Drake, Fernando Payró, Neil Thakral, and Linh Tô

How to best elicit preferences in a discrete choice experiment?

abstract | paper | package | bibtex

Inequality and gender

Hiring and the Dynamics of the Gender Gap

Hannah Illing, Hanna Schwank, and Linh Tô

How does the a hiring opportunity lead to different wages and careers for men and women?

abstract | slides | bibtex

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

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 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

Anticipation and Temptation

Neil Thakral and Linh Tô

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

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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

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

(with Kaiwen Leong and Huailu Li)