Ragui Assaad - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Ragui Assaad

Research Fellows

Professor of Planning and Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Areas of Interest:

  • Labor markets in the Arab World
  • Education and human resource development
  • Youth transitions to adulthood
  • Inequality of opportunity


  • Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, 1991
  • M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1981


  • Professor of Planning and Public Affairs, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 2003-present
  • Regional Director for West Asia and North Africa, The Population Council, 2005-2008
  • Associate Professor of Planning and Public Affairs, with tenure, 1997-2003

Latest Publications:

  • Assaad, R. and C. Krafft (eds.) 2015.  The Egyptian Labor Market in an Era of Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Assaad, R. and C. Krafft 2015. “The Economics of Marriage in North Africa:  A Unifying Theoretical Framework.” In The Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics:  Policies and Practices, Celestin Monga and Justin Yifu Lin (Eds.).  Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Assaad, R. (ed.). 2014.  The Jordanian Labour Market in the New Millennium.  Oxford:  Oxford University Press.
  • Assaad, R. 2014. “Making Sense of Arab Labor Markets:  The Enduring Legacy of Dualism.”   IZA Journal of Labor and Development, 3(6): 1-25.
Working Papers

The Structure of Employment and Job Creation in Jordan: 2010-2016

In this paper, we analyze the structure of employment and job creation in Jordan over ... read more

Edited Volumes

The Tunisian Labor Market in an Era of Transition

Edited by Ragui Assaad and Mongi Boughzala Presents new and unique data on the Tunisian labor ... read more

Working Papers

Job Creation or Labor Absorption? An Analysis of Private Sector Job Growth in Egypt

Creating jobs, especially good jobs, is one of the greatest challenges facing Egypt. This paper ... read more

Working Papers

Do More Productive Firms Pay Workers More? Evidence from Egypt

Theoretically, in perfectly competitive markets with full information, marginal productivity of labor and workers’ wages ... read more

Working Papers

Impact of Syrian Refugees in Jordan on Education Outcomes for Jordanian Youth

This paper examines the impact of Syrian refugees during the Syrian Civil War on the ... read more

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