IZA World of Labor
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.