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

Wage Formation and Recurrent Unemployment

Cross-section data on non-contractual construction workers in Egypt reveal strong attachment to the sector despite ... read more

Working Papers

The Effect of Child Work on School Enrollment in Egypt

The main objective of this paper is to determine the causal relationship between child work ... read more

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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