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Ioana E. Marinescu, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Director, MS in Social Policy Program
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Research Interests

    Imperfect competition in the labor market, antitrust, and competition policy as applied to the labor market

    Evaluation of the labor market impact of public policies, e.g. unemployment insurance and the minimum wage

    Unconditional cash transfers, the universal basic income

    Technology and structural changes in the labor market

    Green jobs

    Ioana Marinescu is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, and, since July 2022, the principal economist at the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division. Her research expertise includes wage determination and monopsony power, antitrust law for the labor market, the universal basic income, unemployment insurance, and green jobs. Ioana’s research is published in top-tier academic journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Journal of Labor Economics, and she serves as an associate editor for the Quarterly Journal of Economics. She’s a sought-after expert for policymakers, having testified before Congress and the Federal Trade Commission, and her work is regularly featured in major media outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post.




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    MSSP | PhD

    Research Areas(s)

    Data Driven Policy Analysis + Evidence-Based Practice | Economic Security

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