Mariana Spatareanu

Mariana Spatareanu


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Office Location

823 Hill Hall Bldg.


Mariana Spatareanu is Professor of Economics and Global Affairs in the Department of Economics, Rutgers University. She holds a PhD in Economics from Washington University, St. Louis.

She is affiliated with Rutgers Business School, Department of Management and Global Business, Center on Migration and the Global City, LICOS  Center for Institutions and Economic Performance, Catholic University Leuven and Hamburg Institute of International Economics. Prior to joining Rutgers University, she worked for the World Bank where she was involved  in research related to the impact and the characteristics of foreign direct investment with focus on developing countries. She has been a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, and University of Buckingham, United Kingdom; Catholic University Leuven and Ghent University, Belgium; Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany. She was also an invited Directeur d'Etudes Associes at Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris.

Her research interests focus on analyzing technological spillovers from foreign direct investment, and investigating factors that affect the flows of foreign direct investment, including labor market regulations, environmental standards and financial markets. She is currently working on issues related to innovation, international technology transfers and emerging markets multinationals. Her research has been published in many academic journals including Journal of Development Economics, The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, World Development, International Journal of Industrial Organization, World Bank Economic Review, International Review of Economics and Finance, Review of World Economics, Economics Letters, Journal of Environment and Development, various other economics journals as well as chapters in books and monographs.

She has recently served as an Editor for the Encyclopedia of International Economics and Global Trade,  Volume 1 - Foreign Direct Investment and the Multinational Enterprise (World Scientific Publishing Co., 2020).

Courses Taught

International Trade (graduate)

International Finance (graduate)

Topics in International Economics (graduate)

Macroeconomic Theory (graduate)

Fundamentals of Economics for Global Affairs (graduate)

Colloquium on the Economic Consequences of International Migration of Labor (graduate)

Intermediate Macroeconomics (undergraduate)

International Economic Relations (undergraduate)

Introduction to Macroeconomics (undergraduate)


International Economics, Development Economics, Macroeconomics


Selected Publications:​

Editor - Foreign Direct Investment and the Multinational Enterprise, Volume 1 of the Encyclopedia of International Economics and Global Trade, World Scientific Publishing Co, 2020

M. Spatareanu, V. Manole and A.  Kabiri. 2019. "Do Bank Liquidity Shocks Hamper Firms Innovation?" International Journal of Industrial Organization

I. Bostan and M. Spatareanu. 2018. "Financing Innovation through Minority Acquisitions." International Review of Economics and Finance - Outstanding Paper in Corporate Finance Award, Southern Finance Association Annual Meetings

M. Spatareanu and V. Manole. 2016. "Investment Climate Foreign Networks and Exporting - Evidence from Africa." International Review of Applied Economics

B. Merlevede, K. Schoors and M. Spatareanu. 2014. “FDI Spillovers and Time since Foreign Entry." World Development

B.S. Javorcik and M. Spatareanu. 2011. "Does It Matter Where You Come From? Vertical Spillovers from Foreign Direct Investment and the Origin of Investors." Journal of Development Economics.

B.S. Javorcik, Ç. Özden, M. Spatareanu, and C. Neagu. 2011. "Migrant Networks and Foreign Direct Investment." Journal of Development Economics.

V. Manole and M. Spatareanu. 2009. "Trade Openness and Income-- A Re-examination." Economics Letters.  

B.S. Javorcik and M. Spatareanu. 2009. "Tough Love: Do Czech Suppliers Learn From Their Relationships with Multinationals?"The Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

V. Lskavyan and M. Spatareanu. 2008. "Host Country's Governance and the Size of Foreign Investors." Economics Letters.

B.S. Javorcik and M. Spatareanu. 2008. "To Share or Not to Share: Does Local Participation Matter for Spillovers from Foreign Direct Investment?" Journal of Development Economics.

B.S. Javorcik and M. Spatareanu. 2005. "Do Foreign Investors Care about Labor Market Regulations?" Review of World Economics

C. Fink, B.S. Javorcik and M. Spatareanu. 2005. "Income-Related Biases in International Trade: What Do Trademark Registration Data Tell Us?" Review of World Economics.

Associated Programs

Rutgers Business School, Department of Management and Global Business