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 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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Prevalence of depression in women with low income living in developed countries

Objective To conduct a systematic review of studies reporting prevalence rates of depression in women living in low-income …

The impact of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation on job search and vacancy creation

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) increased US unemployment benefits by $600 a week. …

Unemployment Insurance and Job Search Behavior

How does unemployment insurance (UI) affect unemployed workers’ search behavior? Search models predict that until benefit exhaustion, …


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