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Professor Jackie Wahba 

Professor of Economics, Department Research Director, Departmental Head of Applied Group

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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.

Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to Economic Policy.

Member of the UK Government's Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), 2012-2020.

Elected member of Council of the Royal Economic Society (since 2020)


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

Current research projects

H2020 QuantMig: Quantifying Migration Scenarios for better Policy 2020-2023

Past 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

Research project(s)

Understanding Migration Pull Drivers and Determinants of Destination Choice of European Migration Flows

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