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Marina Gorzig

Assistant Professor of Economics and Political Science, St Catherine University

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About Marina

Gorzig's research focuses on social inequalities, particularly discrimination in the labor market and health disparities. Overarching themes in Gorzig's writings include assessing the impact of racism and bias on outcomes in the labor market, criminal just system, and housing. She also evaluates the impact of policies to reduce discriminatory behavior. Gorzig is actively involved in promoting undergraduate research and also serves on the LGBTQIA+ Diversity and Inclusion committee at St. Catherine University.


In the News

Guest on New Economic Thinking, December 23, 2020.


"The Effect of the 2016 United States Presidential Election on Employment Discrimination" (with Deborah Rho). Journal of Population Economics 35 (2021): 45-88.

Examines whether employment discrimination increased after the 2016 presidential election in the United States. Discovers prior to the 2016 election, employers contacted Somali American applicants slightly less than white applicants but more than African American applicants. Tells how after the 2016 election, the difference between white and Somali American applicants increased by 8 percentage points.

"Race, Religion, and Immigration: Experimental Evidence from the Labor Market"" (with Deborah Rho). Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy (2020).

Examines employers’ response to Black immigrants compared to native-born Black Americans. Shows male African American applicants are 5 percentage points and Somali American applicants are 11 percentage points less likely to be contacted than equivalent white American applicants. Elaborates that for female applicants, the effects were similar but muted. Signals of language ability, education, and religiosity had little impact.

"Police Stops and Searches of Indigenous People in Minneapolis: The Roles of Race, Place, and Gender" The International Indigenous Policy Journal 10, no. 3 (2019).

Discusses how In Minneapolis, 1.42% of women reported their race as American Indian or Alaska Native, but the Minneapolis police reported that 6.43% of police stops of women involved Native Americans. Mentions how after they were stopped, 28% of Native American women were searched and 20% were arrested, over twice as often as women of any other race.

"Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Behavioral Norms in the Labor Market" ILR Review 72, no. 4 (2019).

Examines bias and behavioral norms based on sex and sexual orientation in the labor market. Using an online laboratory setting, participants were asked to evaluate résumés that were manipulated on sex, perceived LGBT status, and use of traditionally masculine or feminine adjectives.