Faculty & Research

Loukas Karabarbounis

Associate Professor of Economics

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5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Loukas Karabarbounis is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth, a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and an associate editor at the Journal of Monetary Economics. He is a macroeconomist with research interests in labor markets, inequality, international finance, and business cycles. His latest research has focused on topics such as the global decline in the labor's share of income, productivity and capital flows in southern Europe, and the effects of unemployment insurance policy on macroeconomic outcomes.

He earned a Ph.D. in Economics in 2010 and an A.M. in Economics in 2008 from Harvard University. Prior to Harvard, he studied at the Athens University of Economics and Business where he earned a B.A. in Economics and a M.Sc. in Economics.


“Home Production, Labor Wedges, and International Business Cycles,” Journal of Monetary Economics, 2014. 

“The Global Decline of the Labor Share,” The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2014. (With Brent Neiman.)

“The Labor Wedge: MRS vs. MPN,” Review of Economic Dynamics, 2014.

“Time Use During the Great Recession,” The American Economic Review, 2013. (With Mark Aguiar and Erik Hurst.)

“The Life-Cycle Profile of Time Spent on Job Search,” The American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 2013. (With Mark Aguiar and Erik Hurst.)