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Professor Jackie Wahba 

Professor of Economics, Department Research Director

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Professor Jackie Wahba is Professor of Economics at the University of Southampton.

My research interests focus on international migration and labour markets.

I hold a PhD in Economics from the University of Southampton. I am an applied economist with an interest in Labour Economics, Development Economics and Applied Micro-econometrics.

I am a research fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany, CReAM (Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration) in London and the Economic Research Forum in Cairo.

I lead the Migration Research at the ESRC Centre for Population Change at the University of Southampton. 

I acted as an academic consultant in international migration and labour markets for several international organisations including the World Bank, OECD and IOM.

I am a member of the UK Government's Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

Research interests

Main research interests: Labour Economics and Development Economics. In particular: migration and labour markets in developing countries.

International Migration: Return migration: determinants and impact of return migration on country of origin; entrepreneurship, human capital accumulation of migrants; Remittances and impact of overseas migration on those left behind; Migrants’ labour market experience in host countries; welfare state generosity and migration skill selectivity

Labour mobility: sectoral mobility; interregional mobility

Labour market: role of social networks, role of economic reforms, informal sector, unemployment

Research projects

Syrian Refugees in Jordan: the Challenge of Sustainable Development, British Academy 2017-18

Migration and the Reshaping of Consumption Patterns,ESRC 2015-2018 

Temporary migration and economic development: the triple-win policy vision applied to North Africa, ESRC-DFID 2012-2014

Understanding Migrants' Choices, NORFACE, 2009-2012

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Book Chapters


  • Ghazaryan, A., Giulietti, C., Wahba, J., & ESRC Centre for Population Change (2020). Empowering the NHS: Challenges for the pandemic. (ESRC Centre for Population Change: Policy Briefing; No. 53). Southampton: University of Southampton.

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