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Ioana E. Marinescu, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Research Interests

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

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

    Online job search, search and matching in the labor market

    Unconditional cash transfers, the universal basic income

    Technology and structural changes in the labor market

    Education to work transitions

    The politics of the carbon tax

    Ioana Marinescu is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She studies the labor market to craft policies that can enhance employment, productivity, and economic security. To make an informed policy decision, it is crucial to determine the costs and benefits of policies. Her research expertise includes wage determination and monopsony power, antitrust law for the labor market, the universal basic income, unemployment insurance, the minimum wage, and employment contracts. Her research has been published in leading academic journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Labor Economics, the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, and the Journal of Public Economics. She is an associate editor at the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and a podcast host at the “Just Economics” podcast. She testified for policy makers, including Congress and the Federal Trade Commission. Her research has been cited in many media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, and the Wall Street Journal.




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    Standing Faculty | Faculty


    MSSP | PhD

    Research Areas(s)

    Economic Security

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