Racha Ramadan - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Racha Ramadan

Research Fellows

Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, Cairo University

Areas of Interest:

  • Applied micro-econometrics on Poverty
  • Food Security and Human Development in Egypt and other Developing Countries
  • Gender


  • Ph.D., Economics, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), France, 2010
  • M.A., Mathematical Economics and Econometrics, Toulouse 1 University, France, 2006
  • M.A., Econometrics, Toulouse 1 University, France, 2005
  • B.A., Economics, Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, French Section, Cairo University, 2004


  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, Cairo University, 2019 – present
  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, Cairo University, 2011 – 2018
  • OECD (August 2018- September 2018). Study: “Evidence for effectively enrolling the informal sector in Social Health Insurance in Egypt”
  • UNESCO (November 2017- December 2017). Project: Local Government and Inclusive Development of Women in the Arab Region: The case of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)- Independent Office of Evaluation (September 2016-November 2016). Project: Egypt Country Program Evaluation
  • UN-ESCWA (June 2015-July 2015). Project: Social Justice in the Arab Region
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (March 2015-October 2015). Project: Food Security in the NENA region.
  • World Bank- Economic Policy, Poverty and Gender (February 2014-June 2014). Project: Poverty and Inclusion in Iraq

Latest Publications:

  • Estimating poverty and inequality in the absence of consumption data: an application to the Middle East and North Africa” co-authored with Caroline Krafft, Ragui Assaad, Hanan Nazier, Atiyeh Vahidmanesh and Sami Zouari. Middle East Development Journal (2019). DOI: 10.1080/17938120.2019.1583493
  • What empowers Egyptian women: resources versus social constrains?” co-authored with Hanan Nazier. Review of Economics and Political Science (2018). https://doi.org/10.1108/REPS-10-2018-015
  • Food Subsidy or Cash Transfer: Impact of the Food Subsidy Reform on Egyptian Households” co-authored with Rana Hosni. New Medit- A Mediterranean Journal of Economics, Agriculture and Environment (2018). Volume No. 3. DOI: 10.30682/nm1803b
  • Inter-Group Expenditure Gaps in the Arab Region and Their Determinants: Application to Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Tunisia, co-authored with Vladimir Hlasny and Vito Intini. Review of Income and Wealth (2018).  DOI: 10.1111/roiw.12396
  • Ever Married Women’s Participation in Labor Market in Egypt:  Constraints and Opportunities, co-authored with Hanan Nazier. Middle East Development Journal (2018). DOI: 10.1080/17938120.2018.1443605
  • Determinants of Food Security in Egypt, Review of Economics and Political Science (2017). Vol.2. No.3
  • Empowerment is a Community Affair: Community level Determinants of Married Women’s Empowerment in Egypt. Co-authored with Ragui Assaad and Hanan Nazier. Economic Research Forum Working Paper No.959-2015
  • Informality and Poverty: A Causality Dilemma with Application to Egypt”, co-authored with Hanan Nazier, Advances in Management and Applied Economics, forthcoming, Sciencepress Ltd. 2015
  • Where Does Food Subsidy go? Terre et Mer: Ressources Vitales Pour la Méditerranée. Cosimo Lacirignola. Bibliotheque de l’iReMMO. Ed. L’Harmattan. No.19. 2015. ISBN: 978-2-343-05909-9
  • Towards Better Measurement Of Poverty And Inequality In Arab Countries: A Proposed Pan-Arab Multipurpose Survey. Co-authored with Niranjan Sarangi, Khalid Abu-Ismail and Heba El-Laithy. Economic And Social Commission For Western Asia (Escwa). E/Escwa/Sd/2014/Wp.1 3 February 2015 Original: English
  • Individual and Households determinants of Women Empowerment: Application to the Case of Egypt. Co-authored with Ragui Assaad and Hanan Nazier. Economic Research Forum Working Paper No.867-2014.
Working Papers

Estimating Poverty and Inequality in the Absence of Consumption Data: An Application to the Middle East and North Africa

Measures of consumption and poverty are critical metrics of the wellbeing of individuals, their households, ... read more

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Marriage Outcomes and Women Empowerment After Marriage: A Three Countries Story

This paper provides a first step in the analysis of an understudied phenomenon: women’s bargaining ... read more

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Inequality Decomposition in the Arab Region: Application to Jordan, Egypt, Palestine and Tunisia

Economic inequality across socio-demographic groups in the Arab region is high and growing. This paper ... read more

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Women’s participation in Labor Market in Egypt: Constraints and Opportunities

This research deals with female labor force participation and its determinants in the Egyptian society ... read more

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Individual and Households Determinants of Women Empowerment: Application to the Case of Egypt

This research deals with women’s empowerment as an outcome of interest by defining the different ... read more

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