Ioana Elena Marinescu
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I am an economist, currently at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. 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.

Current position

  • Assistant professor in economics, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
  • News

  • My paper with Oliver Azuara "Informality and the Expansion of Social Protection Programs: The Case of Mexico" has just been published in the Journal of Health Economics [working paper version].
  • I am now writing a monthly column for the French newspaper Liberation.
  • I will be at the ASSA meetings in Philadelphia, PA, on January 3-5, 2014. I will be presenting "Wages, Applications and Skills", joint with Ronald Wolthoff, and my paper "Divorce: what does learning have to do with it?".
  • Current research projects

  • I have several projects on online labor markets, with a focus on search and matching.
  • I am working on several projects investigating the functioning of urban labor markets in developing countries, with a particular focus on the issue of informality.