Ioana Petrescu

Ioana Petrescu

Innovations in Government Research Fellow AY 2019 - 2020
Impact of political (in)stability on strategic decision making needed for effective delivery of public goods and services
Ioana Petrescu

Ioana Petrescu is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Ash Center and a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Petrescu is a former Romanian finance minister. While a minister, she pursued policies to cut tax evasion and tax avoidance, promote financial transparency, improve tax compliance, lower the tax burden for businesses and keep fiscal discipline. She also served in the government as an economic adviser to the prime minister and head of his delivery unit, where she monitored the implementation of the prime minister’s priorities in procurement, employment, energy and tax compliance. She is an international consultant on issues such as tax reform, central government delivery and local public services and runs the Center for Leadership and Innovation at the National School of Political Science and Public Administration in Bucharest. In the past, she also served as an expert for the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. She was an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland and she holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard. She has published in various academic journals and newspapers. Her book analyzes issues such as flat taxation and government revenues.