Melanie Khamis

Wesleyan University, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University, USA

Research interest

Development economics, labor economics, applied microeconomics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

DFID; World Bank

Past positions

Research Associate, IZA, Germany (2008–2011)


PhD, London School of Economics, 2008

Selected publications

  • “Does the minimum wage have a higher impact on the informal than on the formal labor market? Evidence from quasi-experiments.” Applied Economics 45:4 (2013): 477–495.

  • “Is informal sector work an alternative to workfare benefits? The case of pre-program expansion and economic crisis.” Review of Development Economics 16:4 (2012): 579–593.

  • “The persistence of informality: Evidence from panel data.” Research in Labor Economics 34 (2012): 229–255 (with A. Askay).

  • “A note on informality in the labor market.” Journal of International Development 24 (2012): 894–908.