Juanna Schrøter Joensen is a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago since July 2015. Her research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of individual human capital investments. It highlights important aspects of heterogeneity in human capital investments and its interaction with institutions and public policies; such as curricula, grading, and study aid schemes. It shows how financial and non-financial incentives can have very different impacts on student behavior and success; depending on their socioeconomic environment, information, abilities, skills, and gender. She has received several awards for her research. Her PhD dissertation was prized the best in Social Sciences in 2007 and the best in Economics in the two-year period 2006-2007 at Aarhus University. She also received the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE) Young Labour Economist Prize 2009.
She joined the IZA network as a Research Fellow in August 2014.