Shireen Al Azzawi - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Shireen Al Azzawi

Research Fellows

Lecturer, Department of Economics, Santa Clara University, CA, USA

Areas of Interest:

  • Growth and Development
  • International Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Econometrics


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of California, Davis, USA, 2005
  • M.A., Economics, Stanford University, Stanford, USA, 2000
  • M.A., Economics, The American University in Cairo, Egypt, 1998
  • B.A., Economics (Summa cum Laude), The American University in Cairo, Egypt, 1995


  • Lecturer, Department of Economics, Santa Clara University, CA, USA, Spring 2010-Present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, San Jose State University, CA, USA, Spring 2009
  • Adjunct Instructor, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, San Jose City College, USA, Fall 2008

Latest Publications:

  • “Did Trade Liberalization Benefit Female Workers? Evidence from Egypt on Wage and Employment Effects” in Karshenas, M. & Chamlou, N. (Eds.) Women, Work and Welfare in the Middle East and North Africa: The Role of Socio-demographics, Entrepreneurship and Public Policies. Imperial College Press, (2016).
  • “Trade liberalization, industry concentration and female workers: the case of Egypt”, IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 3 (20) September (2014).
  • “Do Workers in Exporting Industries Earn Higher Wages? Evidence from Recent Trade Liberalization Episodes in Two Developing Countries,” Global Business and Economics Review 16 (4): 369-395 (2014) (with M. Said).
  • “Dynamics of Multidimensional Poverty and Trade Liberalization: Evidence from Panel Data for Egypt.” (with M. Said), in Berenger, Valerie; Bresson, Florent (Eds.) “Poverty and Social Exclusion around the Mediterranean Sea.” Part of the Springer book series: “Economic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being”, Vol. 9 (2013), New York: Springer.
  • “Innovation, Productivity, and Foreign Direct Investment-Induced R&D Spillovers” Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, forthcoming (published online July 15, 2011). 


Working Papers

Firms’ Lifecycle under Conflict-Related Mobility Restrictions in Palestine: Evidence from Establishment Censuses

The Israeli occupation of Palestine has been accompanied by a repressive security and regulatory regime ... read more

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Household Asset Wealth and Female Labor Supply in MENA

Female labor force participation rates in the Middle East and North Africa are low compared ... read more

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Asset Inequality in MENA: The Missing Dimension?

Studies of economic inequality have traditionally relied on income or consumption as their welfare aggregate. ... read more

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Did the Cost of Living Rise Faster for the Rural Poor?

Inflation has been rising in Egypt over the last decade reaching double digit levels. It ... read more

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Is there Feminization of Poverty in Egypt?

This paper uses five cross sections of newly released Household Income, Expenditure and Consumption Survey ... read more


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