Assistant Professor

About Ioana Marinescu

Ioana Marinescu is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. She has broad interests in the areas of labor and public economics. What is the impact of public policy on labor markets? How can we understand the linkages between micro-level labor market dynamics and macroeconomic outcomes such as unemployment and economic growth? She is particularly interested in understanding matching and search in the labor market, and how matching mechanisms determine unemployment and productivity. She is currently working with "big data" from to better understand employers' and job seekers' online search behavior.

She studied economics at the London School of Economics (PhD) and Harvard University (postdoc). She also holds a master's degree in philosophy from the Sorbonne, where she specialized in moral and political philosophy.

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Working Papers

"The General Equilibrium Impacts of Unemployment Insurance: Evidence from a Large Online Job Board,'' 2014.

"Mismatch Unemployment and the Geography of Job Search'' (with Roland Rathelot), 2014.

"Opening the Black Box of the Matching Function: The Power of Words'' (with Ronald Wolthoff), 2014.

Selected Publications

"HIV, Wages and the Skill Premium," Journal of Health Economics, 37 (2014), pp. 181-197.

"Job Security Legislation and Job Duration: Evidence from the U.K.," Journal of Labor Economics, 2009, vol. 27, no. 3 (p. 475-486).

"Cyclical budgetary policy and growth: what do we learn from OECD panel data?" (with Philippe Aghion), NBER Macroeconomics Annual, 2007, Volume 22 (p. 251 - 278).