Ioana Elena Marinescu

I am an assistant professor of economics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. I study 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. My research expertise includes unemployment insurance, the universal basic income, online job search, workforce development, and employment contracts.

Selected recent papers

[For a full list of papers see here.]
The General Equilibrium Impacts of Unemployment Insurance: Evidence from a Large Online Job Board
Journal of Public Economics, 2017. [pdf]
VoxEU article summarizing this paper.

No Strings Attached: The Behavioral Effects of U.S. Unconditional Cash Transfer Programs
New York, NY, USA: Roosevelt Institute, 2017. [pdf]

Job search monitoring and assistance for the unemployed
IZA World of Labor, 2017. [Link]

Mismatch Unemployment and the Geography of Job Search
(with Roland Rathelot), accepted, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2016. [pdf]

Opening the Black Box of the Matching Function: the Power of Words
(with Ronald Wolthoff), revise & resubmit, Journal of Labor Economics, 2016. [pdf]
VoxEU article summarizing this paper.
Formerly circulated under the title "Wages, Applications and Skills".

The Effect of Labor Market Information on Community College Students' Major Choice
(with Rachel Baker, Eric Bettinger and Brian Jacob), Working Paper 23333. National Bureau of Economic Research, 2017. [pdf]
VoxEU article summarizing this paper.
VoxEU video summarizing this paper.


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