Professor Ragui Assaad
612-625-4856
252 Humphrey School
Global Policy Area
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Ragui Assaad

Professor
international economic development; labor market analysis; politics and economics of the Middle East and North Africa; poverty in developing countries; quantitative methods; urban planning; women's work in developing countries

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.

In The Media

This article features recent research by professor Ragui Assaad, which examines the extent to which the employment status of men in Middle Eastern countries matters for the timing of marriage.  

Al-Ahram Weekly
April 21, 2017

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. 

KMSP TV
November 30, 2016