Shireen Al Azzawi - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Shireen Al Azzawi

Research Fellows

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

Areas of Interest:

  • Economic Development
  • Labor Economics and Gender Issues
  • 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


  • Faculty Research Mentor, Global Social Benefit Fellowship, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University, CA, 2016 – present
  • Lecturer, Department of Economics, Santa Clara University, CA, USA, 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
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, American University in Cairo, Egypt, 2005 – 2008

Latest Publications:

  • “Disparities in the Cost of Living Changes after a Large-Scale Devaluation: The Case of Egypt 2016” Topics in Middle Eastern and African Economies , Vol. 21, Issue No. 2, May 2019
  • “Do Endowments Matter? Exploring the Gender Dimensions of Poverty in Egypt”, Review of Income and Wealth. 64, pp. S189-S224, 2018
  • “Household Asset Inequality in MENA: the missing dimension?” (with Vladimir Hlasny); forthcoming, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. (published online 29 July 2018)
  • “Return Migration and Social Mobility in MENA: Evidence from Labor Market Panel Surveys” (with Vladimir Hlasny), Topics in Middle Eastern and African Economies, 20, Issue No.2, September 2018
  • “How Muslims Understand Democracy: An Empirical Investigation.” Topics in Middle Eastern and African Economies, 19, Issue No. 2, September 2017 (with Mo’amen Gouda)
  • “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,21 (5): 615-653 (2012)
  • “Multinational Corporations and Knowledge Flows: Evidence from Patent Citations” Economic Development and Cultural Change, 59 (3): 649-680 (2011)
Working Papers

Youth Vulnerability in Egypt and Jordan: Dimensions and Determinants

Youth unemployment in the MENA region is the highest in the world, at over 40% ... read more

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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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