Professor - Queen Mary University of London

Barbara Petrongolo is Professor of Economics at Queen Mary University, Director of the CEPR Labour Economics Programme and Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics. She has previously help positions at the London School of Economics, the Paris School of Economics and the University of Carlos III (Madrid). Her main area of interest is applied labour economics. She has worked extensively on the performance of labour markets with job search frictions, with applications to unemployment dynamics, welfare policy and interdependencies across local labour markets. She has also carried out research on the causes and characteristics of gender inequalities in labour market outcomes, in a historical perspective and across countries, with emphasis on the role of employment selection mechanisms, structural transformation, and interactions within the household.

 Publications :

How local are labor markets? Evidence from a spatial job search model (with Alan Manning). Forthcoming, American Economic Review.

Gender gaps and the rise of the service economy (with Rachel Ngai). Forthcoming, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.

The economic consequences of family policies. Drawing lessons from a century of legislation across OECD countries. (with Claudia Olivetti). Journal of Economic Perspectives 31: 205-230.

The evolution of the gender gap in industrialized countries. (with Claudia Olivetti). Annual Review of Economics 8: 405-434, 2016.

Gender gaps across countries and skills: Supply, Demand and the Industry Structure. (with Claudia Olivetti). Review of Economic Dynamics  17: 842-859, 2014.

Worktime regulations and spousal labor supply. (with Dominique Goux and Eric Maurin). American Economic Review 104: 252-276, 2014.


Fields of Research : Applied micro: labor, job search, gender inequalities, public policy



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