Claudia Macaluso

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Claudia Macaluso is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

She is an applied macroeconomist and her research focuses on labour market dynamics, mismatch, mobility of workers, and human capital accumulation.


Claudia has researched how discrepancies between local supply and demand for skills affects wages, employment, and mobility rates for laid-off workers. She proposes the concept of local skill remoteness to capture the degree of dissimilarity between the skill profiles of workers and jobs in a local labour market, and finds that higher skill remoteness at layoff is associated with higher mobility rates and lower earnings upon re-employment.


Claudia has also researched how labour market concentration influences wage rates and the demand for various skills across local labour markets. Her ongoing research agenda centers on the role of labour market frictions in both developed and developing economies.

She is currently involved in a data collection project on workers' skills and establishments' hiring and training practices in Peru'.


Prior to joining UIUC, Claudia was a post-doctoral scholar at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. She received her PhD in Economics in 2017 from the University of Chicago.