Ragui Assaad

University of Minnesota, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Planning and Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, USA

Research interest

International economic development, labor market analysis, politics and economics of the Middle East and North Africa, poverty, quantitative methods, urban planning, women in work

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Regional Director for West Asia and North Africa at The Population Council; Principal Investigator for the Construction Labor Market Study at the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics

Past positions

Associate Professor of Planning and Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 1997–2003


PhD City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, 1991

Selected publications

  • The Egyptian Labor Market in an Era of Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015 (with C. Krafft).

  • The Jordanian Labour Market in the New Millennium. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

  • “Is free basic education in Egypt a reality or a myth?” International Journal of Educational Development 45 (2015): 16–30 (with C. Krafft).

  • “Equality of opportunity in educational achievement in the Middle East and North Africa.” Journal of Economic Inequality 12 (2014): 489–515 (with D. Salehi-Isfahani and N. B. Hassine).