Sherrie A. Kossoudji

University of Michigan, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor provides knowledgable work that directly speaks to policymakers. It is critical for researchers to engage with the people who can turn the results of their research into reality. I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to such an important enterprise

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Michigan, USA

Research interest

The economics of undocumented workers, undocumented migration, contested borders, refugee resettlement


PhD Economics, University of Michigan, 1984

Selected publications

  • Migration and the Labor Force. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.

  • Legalization, Then and Now, Revisited. Immigration Perspectives. Washington, DC: Immigration Policy Center, 2013.

  • “The history of inter-country adoptions between Vietnam and the United States: Social welfare implications.” Conference Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Work and Social Policy, Hanoi University, 2012.

  • The Impact of Legalization Then and Now. Immigration Perspectives. Washington, DC: Immigration Policy Center, 2009.

  • “Coming out of the shadows: Learning about legal status and wages from the legalized population.” Journal of Labor Economics 20:3 (2002) (with D. Cobb-Clark).