Ioana Elena Marinescu

I am an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER Labor Studies). My research aims at constructing models of the interplay between institutions and the behavior of agents with a focus on economic outcomes. These models should have a direct statistical/econometric counterpart to allow for empirical validation. The statistical analysis of the data should be complemented with the relevant qualitative knowledge about institutions and agents' behavior. Finally, my research should have practical implications for policy making.

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]

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".

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

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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