Ragui Assaad, professor, researches labor policy and labor market analysis in developing countries with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. His current works focuses on inequality of opportunity in education, child health, and labor markets, transitions from school-to-work, employment and unemployment dynamics, informality, labor market responses to economic shocks, international migration, and family formation.
Assaad is a Research Fellow of the Economic Research Forum in Cairo, Egypt and serves as its thematic director for Labor and Human Resource Development. He is also Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. He served as Regional Director for West Asia and North Africa for the Population Council, based in Cairo, Egypt, from 2005 to 2008.
Assaad has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the International Labor Organization, the Ford Foundation, UNICEF and UNDP.
He received a doctorate in city and regional planning from Cornell University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He earned the Humphrey School's teacher of the year award in 1992, 1995, 1996, and 2000.
- Equality for All? Egypt's Free Public Higher Education Policy Breeds Inequality of Opportunity
- The Structure and Evolution of Employment in Jordan
- The Egypt Labor Market Panel Survey: Introducing the 2012 Round
- Employment for Youth: A Growing Challenge for the Global Community
- Gender and the Jordanian Labor Market
- Methodological Challenges in Studying the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children’s Human Capital: An Application to Columbia
In The Media
Several Humphrey School faculty members were quoted in this coverage of their panel discussion regarding how President-elect Trump might approach key issues facing the country.
Professor Ragui Assaad is quoted on the topic of student activism on campus.