Ahmed Elsayed is an Associate Professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and the Executive Director of J-PAL MENA at AUC. In this capacity, he plays a crucial role in J-PAL MENA's operations by providing strategic and technical oversight to research, policy outreach, and capacity-building activities. His role involves guiding the strategic direction and growth of the organization and cultivating partnerships with innovative policymakers across the MENA region to foster evidence generation and usage.

Before joining AUC and J-PAL in 2022, Ahmed spent eight years at IZA and held various positions in the institute including co-coordinating the research activities of the special program area "Gender, Growth, and Labor Markets in Low-Income Countries (G²LM|LIC)"

He holds a PhD in Economics and MSc in Business Research from the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics in the Netherlands. Prior to PhD, Ahmed worked as a Researcher under the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) Research Assistantship program.

His main research interests are in development economics, applied micro-econometrics, migration, and labor economics. He is particularly interested in the intersection between research and policy in the area of development economics.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 16069
Ahmed Elsayed, Alina Shirshikova
published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2023, 163, 103101
IZA Discussion Paper No. 15637
Oriana Bandiera, Ahmed Elsayed, Anton Heil, Andrea Smurra
published in: the Journal of the European Economic Association, 2022, 20 (6), 2226 - 2270
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14982
Oriana Bandiera, Ahmed Elsayed, Andrea Smurra, Celine Zipfel
published in: Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2022, 36 (1), 81-100
IZA Discussion Paper No. 13969
Ibrahim Alhawarin, Ragui Assaad, Ahmed Elsayed
published in: Journal of Housing Economics, 2021, 53, 101761
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11597
published as 'Global terror, well-being and political attitudes' in: European Economic Review, 2020, 123, Article 103394
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11245
published as 'Political Change and Informality' in: Economics of Transition, 2019, 27 (1), 31 - 66
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11240
published as 'Empowering women in conservative settings: evidence from an intervention in rural Egypt' in: Review of Economics of the Household, 2022, 20, 1287–1322
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8069
revised version published in: British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2017, 55 (1), 58-82
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7530
revised version published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2018, 31 (1), 45 - 67