Melanie Khamis
Research Fellow

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Khamis Melanie Khamis completed her Ph.D. at the London School of Economics.She also holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Warwick and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Before and during her doctoral studies, she worked as an economist for the Department for International Development (DFID) (U.K.), as a consultant for the World Bank and as a researcher for the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Her main research interests are labor economics, development economics and applied microeconomics.

She worked at IZA as a Research Associate from February 2008 until June 2011.

She is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at Wesleyan University (since March 2018), where she was also an Assistant Professor (2011 to 2018). She continues to be affiliated with IZA as a Research Fellow.

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IZA World of Labor article: Formalization of jobs and firms in emerging market economies through registration reform
IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
10830  Mevlude Akbulut-Yuksel
Melanie Khamis
Mutlu Yuksel
Women Make Houses, Women Make Homes
(published in: Labour Economics, 2017, 49, 145-161)
8425  Joyce P. Jacobsen
Melanie Khamis
Mutlu Yuksel
Convergences in Men's and Women's Life Patterns: Lifetime Work, Lifetime Earnings, and Human Capital Investment
(published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2015, 1-33)
7239  Mevlude Akbulut-Yuksel
Melanie Khamis
Mutlu Yuksel
For Better or for Worse: The Long-Term Effects of Postwar Reconstruction on Family Formation
(published in: Applied Economics, 2016, 8(29): 2771-2784.)
6163  Alpaslan Akay
Melanie Khamis
The Persistence of Informality: Evidence from Panel Data
(published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2012, 229 - 255)
6148  Mevlude Akbulut-Yuksel
Melanie Khamis
Mutlu Yuksel
Rubble Women: The Long-Term Effects of Postwar Reconstruction on Female Labor Market Outcomes
(substantially revised paper appeared as DP No. 10830)
5406  Melanie Khamis
Nishith Prakash
Zahra Siddique
Consumption and Social Identity: Evidence from India
(published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2012, 83 (3), 353-371)
5142  Randall K. Q. Akee
Arnab K. Basu
Nancy Chau
Melanie Khamis
Ethnic Fragmentation, Conflict, Displaced Persons and Human Trafficking: An Empirical Analysis
(published in: Gil S. Epstein and Ira N. Gang (eds.), Migration and Culture, Frontiers of Economics and Globalization, Vol. 8, Emerald Publishing: 2010)
4676  Melanie Khamis
A Note on Informality in the Labor Market
(published in: Journal of International Development, 2012, 24 (7), 894-908)
4614  Melanie Khamis
Is Informal Sector Work an Alternative to Workfare Benefits? The Case of Pre-Program Expansion and Economic Crisis
(published in: Review of Development Economics, 2012, 16 (4), 579593)
3916  Omar Arias
Melanie Khamis
Comparative Advantage, Segmentation and Informal Earnings: A Marginal Treatment Effects Approach
3911  Melanie Khamis
Does the Minimum Wage Have a Higher Impact on the Informal than on the Formal Labor Market? Evidence from Quasi-Experiments
(published in: Applied Economics, 2013, 45 (5), 477-495)