Amira El-Shal

Amira El-Shal

Senior Policy Manager, The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Amira El-Shal is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science of Cairo University. She is also a Senior Policy Manager at The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), where she leads research and policy partnerships for evidence generation, dissemination, and use in the social protection sector. Her current research focuses on social protection and public health interventions, behavior change and fiscal sustainability and stabilizers in the time of health and climate disasters, and gender gaps in economic participation in low- and middle-income countries. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from City, University of London and a M.Sc. in Economics from University College London. Over the past 15 years, she worked as a Senior Consultant at the African Development Bank, an Economic Consultant at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an Economic Consultant at the Office of the Economic Affairs Advisor to the President of Egypt, and an Economic Expert at Egypt’s Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation.

Areas of Interest:
  • Health Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Gender Economics
  • Environmental Economics
Education:
  • Ph.D., Economics; City, University of London, 2017
  • MSc Economics, University College London (UCL), 2010
  • MSc Economics (Coursework); Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, 2008
Experience:
  • Senior Policy Manager; The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Cambridge), 2021-Present
  • Assistant Professor of Economics; Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University (Giza), 2018-Present
  • Senior Consultant; Microeconomics, Institutional, and Development Impact Division, African Development Bank (AfDB) (Abidjan), 2018-2020
Latest Publications:
  • “Indirect Impact of Health Disasters on Maternal and Child Mortality.” Economic Analysis and Policy, 74, 477–493. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eap.2022.03.003. Co-authored with Mahmoud Mohieldin and Eman Moustafa. 2022
  • “Discontinuation of Performance-Based Financing in Primary Health Care: Impact on Family Planning and Maternal and Child Health.” International Journal of Health Economics and Management. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10754-022-09333-w. Co-authored with Patricia Cubi-Molla and Mireia Jofre-Bonet.2022
  • “Are User Fees in Health Care Always Evil? Evidence from Family Planning, Maternal, and Child Health Services.” Economic Analysis and Policy, 72, 0–23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eap.2021.08.009. Co-authored with Patricia Cubi-Molla and Mireia Jofre-Bonet. 2021
Who Pay Bribes and How Much? Gender and Firm-Level Corruption in MENA and Egypt

Areas of Interest: Health Economics Development Economics Gender Economics Environmental Economics Education: Ph.D., Economics; City, University of London,... Read More

May, 2023

Conference Paper
The Greater Beast: Weather-related and Health Disasters in MENA

Areas of Interest: Health Economics Development Economics Gender Economics Environmental Economics Education: Ph.D., Economics; City, University of London,... Read More

May, 2023

Conference Paper
Feeling Blue Over the Economy, Will You Pull Down Your Face Mask? Economic and Psychological Well-Being and Preventive Health Behavior

Areas of Interest: Health Economics Development Economics Gender Economics Environmental Economics Education: Ph.D., Economics; City, University of London,... Read More

August, 2022

Working Papers
Precautionary Health Behavior in MENA: Risk Perception, Mental Health, and Neighborhood Effects

Areas of Interest: Health Economics Development Economics Gender Economics Environmental Economics Education: Ph.D., Economics; City, University of London,... Read More

March, 2022

ERF 28th Annual Conference
Dances with Wolves: Weather and Health Disasters and Fiscal Sustainability in MENA

Areas of Interest: Health Economics Development Economics Gender Economics Environmental Economics Education: Ph.D., Economics; City, University of London,... Read More

December, 2021

Working Papers
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Supporting Research for Arab Development
Fiscal Sustainability in the MENA Region in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

Areas of Interest: Health Economics Development Economics Gender Economics Environmental Economics Education: Ph.D., Economics; City, University of London,... Read More

2020-01-01

Conferences
Reimagining Social Protection in MENA

Areas of Interest: Health Economics Development Economics Gender Economics Environmental Economics Education: Ph.D., Economics; City, University of London,... Read More

Nov 19, 2023

Annual Conferences
ERF 29th Annual Conference – Parallel Sessions

Areas of Interest: Health Economics Development Economics Gender Economics Environmental Economics Education: Ph.D., Economics; City, University of London,... Read More

May 04, 2023

Webinars
The Impact of Covid-19 on Households and Firms in the MENA Region

Areas of Interest: Health Economics Development Economics Gender Economics Environmental Economics Education: Ph.D., Economics; City, University of London,... Read More

May 23, 2022

Annual Conferences
Revisiting Macroeconomic Management in Times of Crisis and Beyond – Parallel Sessions – March 27

Areas of Interest: Health Economics Development Economics Gender Economics Environmental Economics Education: Ph.D., Economics; City, University of London,... Read More

Mar 26, 2022

Webinars
Report Launch: World Bank MENA Economic Update

Areas of Interest: Health Economics Development Economics Gender Economics Environmental Economics Education: Ph.D., Economics; City, University of London,... Read More

Nov 17, 2021

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