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Barbara Petrongolo



Telephone: +44 20 7882 8421
Room Number: GC523
Office Hours: Monday 11.30am-12.30pm


Research keywords: Labour Economics and Public Economics.

Barbara Petrongolo is a Professor of Economics at Queen Mary University of London. She is also a research associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (LSE), and a research fellow of CEPR and IZA.

Barbara’s main area of interest is applied labour economics. The focus of some of her recent contributions is the impact of job search frictions on labor market performance, 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 wages and employment rates, both in a historical perspective and across countries, with emphasis on the role of employment selection mechanisms, structural transformation, and interactions within the household.



  • Goux D., Maurin E., Petrongolo B. (2014) "Worktime regulations and family labor supply", American Economic Review 104: 252-276.
  • Eckstein Z., Ge S., Petrongolo B. (2011) "Job and wage mobility with minimum wages and imperfect compliance", Journal of Applied Econometrics 26: 580-612.
  • Petrongolo B. (2009) "The long-term effects of job search requirements: Evidence from the UK JSA reform". Journal of Public Economics 93: 1234-1253.
  • Olivetti C., Petrongolo B. (2008) "Unequal pay or unequal employment? A cross-country analysis of gender gaps", Journal of Labor Economics 26: 621-654.
  • Coles M., Petrongolo B. (2008) "A test between stock-flow matching and the random matching function approach", International Economic Review 49: 1113-1141.

PhD Supervision

Silvia Granato

Public Engagement

Barbara Petrongolo’s work on the causes of youth unemployment and long-term unemployment has informed the current debate and recommendations on welfare policies. She has given talks on this and related topics at HM Treasury, 10 Downing Street, the Bank of England, the OECD and the EBRD. Findings from her research have been covered by the Financial Times, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, El Pais, and BBC Radio World Service.


applied labour economics

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