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

Internal versus International Migration in Egypt: Together or Far Apart

This paper examines the relationship between internal, international, and return migration in Egypt. Using the ... read more

Working Papers

Impact of Refugees on Immigrants’ Labor Market Outcomes

The Syrian refugee influx in Jordan came on top of an additional 1.6 million foreigners ... read more

Working Papers

Syrian Refugees and the Migration Dynamics of Jordanians: Moving in or moving out?

This paper examines the impact of the Syrian refugee inflows on the migration dynamics of ... read more

Working Papers

Migration Dynamics during the Refugee Influx in Jordan

This paper provides overall evidence of the migration dynamics in Jordan between 2010 and 2016, ... read more

Policy Briefs

The Impact of the Syrian Refugee Influx on the Jordanian Labour Market

In a nutshell The slowdown in economic growth in Jordan predates the Syrian refugee influx. Between 2010 ... read more


The Egyptian La...

The study of labor market behaviors and ... read more

ERF Policy Conf...

CONTEXT Since 2011, Jordan has been buffeted by ... read more

Writing Winnin...

ERF receives many research proposals annually ... read more