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.
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

Working Papers

Informalization Dynamics and Gains: Why Want a Job Contract?

This paper examines the dynamics of informality and the extent to which informal workers (without ... read more

Policy Research Reports

Migration and Mobility in the Egyptian Labor Market

The objective of this project is to build a picture of various dimensions of labor ... read more

Policy Perspectives

The Impact of Migration on Human Capital in MENA

This policy brief summarizes the main findings and policy implications of three studies headed by ... read more