Christophe Jalil Nordman

Institute of Research for Development (IRD–DIAL), France, French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP), India, and IZA, Germany

I’m glad to be part of this innovative project. Summarising a complex topic in such a specific format and limited number of key references is really a challenge. I hope this will help policymakers better understand the issues they face, and provide insight in how to make better decisions

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Research Fellow at the Institute of Research for Development (IRD), France

Research interest

Human capital and social networks formation; gender and ethnic discriminations in schooling and earnings; informal sector and employment vulnerability; the labor market consequences of migration

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant to the World Bank; Consultant to the OECD; Consultant to the AFD, France

Past positions

University of Oxford, Department of Educational Studies, Oxford, UK, Research Officer


PhD Economics, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2002

Selected publications

  • “Where does education pay off in sub-Saharan Africa? Evidence from two cities of the Republic of Congo.” Oxford Development Studies 44:1 (2016): 1–27 (with M. Kuepie).

  • “Transitions in a West African labour market: The role of family networks.” Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics 54 (2015): 74–85 (with L. Pasquier-Doumer).

  • “Who suffers the penalty? A panel data analysis of earnings gaps in Vietnam.” The Journal of Development Studies 49:12 (2013): 1694–1710 (with H. C. Nguyen and F. Roubaud).

  • “Gender and ethnic earnings gaps in seven West African cities.” Labour Economics 18 (2011): S132–S145 (with A. S. Robilliard and F. Roubaud).

  • “Employment vulnerability and earnings in urban West Africa.” World Development 38:9 (2010): 1297–1314 (with A. Vescovo and P. Bocquier).