Jackline Wahba - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Jackline Wahba

Research Fellows

Professor of Economics, University of Southampton, UK

Areas of Interest:

  • Internal and International Migration, and Remittances
  • Human Capital Investment
  • Informal Sector


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Southampton, UK. 1994
  • M.A., Economics, The American University in Cairo, 1990
  • B.A., Economics, The American University in Cairo, 1986


  • Professor of Economics, University of Southampton, 2012-present
  • Associate Professor (Reader) in Economics, University of Southampton, 2006-2012
  • Co-leader of Migration Research, ESRC Centre for Population Change at University of Southampton, 2008-present
  • Head of Economics Teaching, Economics Division, School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton, 2007-2008

Latest Publications:

  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Migration, Entrepreneurship and Social Capital. Regional Science and Urban Economics (Co-authored with Yves Zenou) forthcoming.
  • The Impact of Labour Market Dynamics on the Return-Migration of Immigrants”, IZA Discussion Paper No. 5722, May 2011 (Co-authored with G. Bijwaard and C. Schluter).
  • An Overview of Internal and International Migration in Egypt, in R. Assaad (ed) Egypt’s Labor Market Revisited, Ch. 5. The American University in Cairo Press, 2009.
  • Informality in Egypt: a stepping stone or a dead end? ERF working paper 456, 2009.
Working Papers

Return Migrants and the Wage Premium: Does the Legal Status of Migrants Matter?

This paper examines the long-term impact of the legal status of overseas temporary migrants. Using ... read more

Working Papers

Child Labor and Poverty Transmission: No Room For Dreams

It is widely believed that poverty is the main reason for child labor. Children work ... read more

Working Papers

Diaspora Networks as a Bridge between Civilizations

This paper explores the effect of international migration on the so-called clash of civilizations. Exploiting ... read more

Policy Briefs

Labor Market Regulations: Job Security versus Labor Flexibility

In a nutshell Labor laws aim to protect workers and increase labor market efficiency. However, over-protective labor ... read more

Working Papers

Upward or Downward: Occupational Mobility and Return Migration

We study the extent to which temporary overseas migration enables returnees to climb the occupational ... read more