Labor Market Institutions and Labor Market Performance and Outcomes - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Several countries of the MENA region have undertaken a variety of reforms of labor market institutions and regulations in recent years. These reforms include working conditions and compensation, social insurance and retirement and pension, the role of trade unions and wage negotiation. In an attempt to better understand the implications of these reforms on the performance of labor markets and labor market outcomes, ERF launched an open call for papers inviting researchers from within and outside the region to tackle any of these reforms under the heading of “Labor Market Regulations and Institutions.”

The projects presented in the workshop are varied, ranging from the impact of labor market regulations on informality, employment, and gender to labor market dynamics. They focus on either a single country or the region. It is also important to note that this effort is part of a larger body of work under the theme of “Labor Markets and Human Resource Development.”

The objective of the workshop is to provide a platform for the authors to present their papers to a group of peers and experts with a view to receiving informed feedback to improve the final papers.

Speakers, moderators, and discussants included Ahmed Galal (Economic Research Forum), Ragui Assaad (University of Minnesota and ERF), Jackline Wahba, Irene Nabil Selwaness, Rania Roushdy, Aysit Tansel, Heba Handoussa, Seyit Mümin Cilasun, Burak Günalp, Elif Öznur Acar, Insan Tunali (Koç University), Hassan Aly (Ohio State University), Hadi Salehi Esfahani, Roksana Bahramitash, Nader Kabbani (Silatech), and Mustapha Nabli (Former Governor of Central Bank of Tunisia).



Research Fellows

Ahmed Galal

MENA Health Policy Forum


Research Fellows

Ragui Assaad

Professor of Planning and Public Affairs, University of Minnesota


Research Fellows

Jackline Wahba

Professor of Economics, University of Southampton, UK


Research Associates

Irène Selwaness

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University


Research Associates

Rania Roushdy

Associate Professor, American University in Cairo


Research Fellows

Aysit Tansel

Professor, Middle East Technical University, Turkey


Research Fellows

Heba Handoussa

Managing Director, Egypt Network for Integrated Development



Burak Günalp


Elif Oznur Acar


Research Fellows

Insan Tunali

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Koç University


Research Fellows

Hassan Aly

Dean, Business School, Nile University


Research Fellows

Hadi Salehi Esfahani

Professor of Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Roksana Bahramitash


Research Associates

Nader Kabbani

Director of Research, Brookings Doha Center