Ioana Marinescu is an assistant professor in the Harris School at the University of Chicago. She has broad interests in the areas of labor and public economics. First, what is the impact of social protection on labor markets? Second, how can we understand the linkages between labor market dynamics and macroeconomic outcomes such as unemployment and economic growth? Her work on social protection covers both developed and developing countries. She has recently been involved in a number of projects related to informality in developing countries.

With respect to macro and labor, she is particularly interested in understanding matching and search in the labor market, and how matching mechanisms determine unemployment and productivity. She studied economics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. From 2004-2006, she visited the economics department at Harvard University and the National Bureau of Economic Research. She also holds a master's degree in philosophy from the Sorbonne, where she specialized in moral and political philosophy.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2012.