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[Photo: Barbara PETRONGOLO] Dr Barbara PETRONGOLO
Associate - Labour Markets
Tel:  020 7955 7799
Email: b.petrongolo@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 2.36 B  

Queen Mary
Tel: +442078828421
Email: b.petrongolo@qmul.ac.uk

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Expertise: Applied micro: labor markets, job search, gender inequalities, public policy.

Biography:

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.

Education:

  • PhD in Economics, London School of Economics, 1998.

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • Queen Mary University - Professor of Economics
  • Centre for Economic Performance (LSE) - Research Associate
  • CEPR - Director, Labour Economics Programme.

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications

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CEP Discussion Paper
The Evolution of Gender Gaps in Industrialized Countries Claudia Olivetti and Barbara Petrongolo
February 2016
Paper No' CEPDP1410:
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JEL Classification: E24; J16; J31


Tags: female employment; gender gaps; industry structure

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CEP Discussion Paper
Reservation Wages and the Wage Flexibility Puzzle Felix Koenig, Alan Manning and Barbara Petrongolo
February 2016
Paper No' CEPDP1406:
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JEL Classification: J63; J64; E24


Tags: job search; reservation wages; wage cyclicality; reference dependence

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CEP Discussion Paper
Can Helping the Sick Hurt the Able? Incentives, Information and Disruption in a Welfare Reform Nitika Bagaria, Barbara Petrongolo and John Van Reenen
April 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1347:
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JEL Classification: H51; I13; J18


Tags: incentives; public sector; unemployment benefits; performance standards

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CEP Occasional Paper
Gender and the Labor Market: What Have We Learned from Field and Lab Experiments? Ghazala Azmat and Barbara Petrongolo
March 2014
Paper No' CEPOP40:
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JEL Classification: J16; J24; J71; C91; C92; C93


Tags: gender; field experiments; lab experiments; discrimination; gender preferences

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CentrePiece Article
Tackling long-term unemployment Barbara Petrongolo
February 2014
Paper No' CEPCP416:
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CentrePiece 18 (3) Winter 2014


JEL Classification: J31; J64; J65


Tags: unemployment; job search; government policy

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CEP Discussion Paper
Gender Gaps and the Rise of the Service Economy L. Rachel Ngai and Barbara Petrongolo
April 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1204:
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JEL Classification: E24; J22; J16


Tags: gender gaps; structural transformation; marketization

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CEP Discussion Paper
How Local Are Labour Markets? Evidence from a Spatial Job Search Model Alan Manning and Barbara Petrongolo
December 2011
Paper No' CEPDP1101:
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JEL Classification: J61; J63; J64; R12


Tags: job search; local labour markets; location-based policies; ripple effects

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CEP Discussion Paper
Worktime Regulations and Spousal Labor Supply Dominique Goux, Eric Maurin and Barbara Petrongolo
November 2011
Paper No' CEPDP1096:
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JEL Classification: J22; J12; J48


Tags: spousal labor supply; cross-hour effects; workweek reduction


This paper has been published as:
Worktime regulations and spousal labor supply, Dominique Goux, Eric Maurin and Barbara Petrongolo, American Economic Review, Volume 104, Issue 1, January 2014
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CEP Discussion Paper
Gender Gaps Across Countries and Skills: Supply, Demand and the Industry Structure Claudia Olivetti and Barbara Petrongolo
November 2011
Paper No' CEPDP1093:
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JEL Classification: E24; J16; J31


Tags: gender gaps; education; demand and supply; industry structure

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CentrePiece Article
Youth unemployment Barbara Petrongolo and John Van Reenen
June 2011
Paper No' CEPCP338:
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CentrePiece 16 (1) Summer 2011


JEL Classification: J31; J64; J65


Tags: unemployment compensation; job search; youth; recession

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CentrePiece Article
Chris Pissarides, CEP's Nobel laureate Barbara Petrongolo
March 2011
Paper No' CEPCP334:
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CentrePiece 15 (3) Winter 2011

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CEP Election Analysis
Jobs and Youth Unemployment: It's bad, but not as bad as you might think Barbara Petrongolo and John Van Reenen
April 2010
Paper No' CEPEA012:
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Tags: jobs; unemployment; youth


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CEP Discussion Paper
The Ins and Outs of European Unemployment Barbara Petrongolo and Christopher A. Pissarides
February 2008
Paper No' CEPDP0853:
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JEL Classification: E24; E32; J6


Tags: unemployment dynamics; job finding rates; job separation rates

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CEP Discussion Paper
What Are the Long-Term Effects of UI? Evidence from the UK JSA Reform Barbara Petrongolo
December 2007
Paper No' CEPDP0841:
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JEL Classification: J31; J64; J65


Tags: unemployment compensation; job search; post-unemployment earnings

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CEP Discussion Paper
Unequal Pay or Unequal employment? A Cross-Country Analysis of Gender Gaps Claudia Olivetti and Barbara Petrongolo
December 2005
Paper No' CEPDP0711:
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JEL Classification: E24; J16; J31


Tags: median gender gaps; sample selection; wage imputation

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CEP Discussion Paper
The Part-Time Pay Penalty Alan Manning and Barbara Petrongolo
March 2005
Paper No' CEPDP0679:
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JEL Classification: D12; H31; J16; J18; J2


Tags: employment transitions; part-time work; motherhood; eu; equality


This paper has been published as:
'The Part-time Pay Penalty' by Alan Manning and Barbara Petrongolo, published by the Women and Equality Unit of the Department of Trade and Industry
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CEP Discussion Paper
Gender Segregation in Employment Contracts Barbara Petrongolo
May 2004
Paper No' CEPDP0637:
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JEL Classification: J22; J28; J71


Tags: gender gap; employment; taxation; public policy

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CEP Discussion Paper
Scale Effects in Markets with Search Barbara Petrongolo and Christopher A. Pissarides
June 2003
Paper No' CEPDP0571:
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JEL Classification: J31;J64;D83


Tags: job search; economies of scale; matching; aggregate matching functions; wage offer distribution; unemployment

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CEP Discussion Paper
A Test Between Unemployment Theories Using Matching Data Melvyn Coles and Barbara Petrongolo
June 2003
Paper No' CEPDP0570:
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JEL Classification: E24;J41;J63;J64


Tags: matching; unemployment; temporal aggregation

CEP Discussion Paper
Workers' Transitions from Temporary to Permanent Employment: the Spanish Case Maia Güell and Barbara Petrongolo
January 2000
Paper No' CEPDP0438:
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Tags: permanent contract; temporary contracts; duration model

CEP Discussion Paper
Re-employment Probabilities and Returns to Matching Barbara Petrongolo
September 1998
Paper No' CEPDP0406:
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CEP Discussion Paper
Regional Imbalances and Aggregate Performance in a Leading Sector Model of the Labour Market: An analysis of Italian data 1977-1991 Marco Manacorda and Barbara Petrongolo September 1998
Paper No' CEPDP0402:
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CEP Discussion Paper
European versus US Unemployment: Different Responses to Increased Demand for skill? Richard Jackman, Richard Layard, Marco Manacorda and Barbara Petrongolo
June 1997
Paper No' CEPDP0349:
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CEP Discussion Paper
Random or Non-Random matching? Implications for the use of the UV 234 curve as a measure of matching effectiveness Paul Gregg and Barbara Petrongolo
June 1997
Paper No' CEPDP0348:
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CEP Discussion Paper
Skill Mismatch and Unemployment in OECD Countries Marco Manacorda and Barbara Petrongolo
September 1996
Paper No' CEPDP0307:
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