On 3 March 2009, the Rafael del Pino Foundation hosted Professor Marianne Bertrand, Fred G. Steingraber - A.T. Kearney Professor of Economics at the Chicago Booth School of Business, as part of its Master Lectures. Her lecture was entitled "Why Laura is not a CEO".
Professor Bertrand specialises in applied microeconomics, mainly in the fields of racial discrimination, CEO pay and incentives, and the effects of regulation on employment, as well as issues related to labour economics and corporate finance.
In 2004 she was awarded the Elaine Bennet Research Prize by the Committee for the Evaluation of the Status of Women in Economics. The award recognises and honours outstanding young women researchers in any field of economics and is given to a female economist from the American Economic Association. In 2003 she was the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.
She received a BA in 1991 and an MSc in econometrics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. D. in economics from Harvard University in 1998. After a two-year teaching stint at Princeton University, she joined the University of Chicago in 2000. She is currently a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Center for Economic Policy Research, and the Institute for the Study of Labor. Her research has been widely published, including numerous articles in Quarterly for Economic Policy Research, Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review or Journal of Finance, as well as in various public policy journals.
In addition to her teaching and research, Professor Bertrand has been co-editor of the Economic Journal and associate editor of several scientific journals.