Jeffrey B. Nugent is Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California where he teaches Development Economics. As a researcher in this field he has worked on a wide variety of issues, problems and analytical techniques and in and on a variety of countries from Latin America, Africa, South and East Asia and especially the Middle East and North Africa. In recent years, much of this work has focused on trade, labor markets and income distribution issues, including both household and firm behavior. Much of this work makes use of new institutional economics, political economy and econometric perspectives, emphasizing the role of institutional considerations including transaction costs and contract enforcement. He has served on the Board of the Cairo-based Economic Research Forum, the Middle East Economic Association for which he served as Executive Secretary for four years and President for three, and the Western Economic Association international, and serves on the editorial boards of eight scholarly journals. I am also Associate Director of the USC Dornsife Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in April 2010, and had papers presented at IZA Confrence on "Political Economy of Labor Market Reform in Transition and Emerging Economies" in Bonn and the World Bank?IZA Employment and Development Conference (Cape Town) )with my co-author Nauro Campos), Our paper is also available as an IZA Discussion Paper
In the next few days I will be submitting a paper with Zara Liaqat on "The Under-provision of Private Training by MENA Firms: What to Do About It?"



IZA Discussion Paper No. 6881

This paper examines both the determinants and the effects of changes in the rigidity of labor market legislation across countries over time. Recent research identifies the origin of the legal system as being a major determinant of the cross-country variation in the rigidity of employment protection legislation. However, the supporting...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2258
published as 'Off-farm Labour Supply and Labour Markets in Rapidly Changing Circumstances: Bulgaria during Transition' in: Economic Systems, 2011, 35 (3), 378 - 389

This study adapts a relatively novel model of off-farm labor supply to the changing conditions of Bulgaria during the 1990s. The model’s parameters are estimated separately for each of the three different waves of the Bulgarian Integrated Household Survey, each reflecting remarkably different environmental conditions. Both the parameter values and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2217
published as 'Crises, What Crises? New Evidence on the Relative Roles of Political and Economic Crises in Begetting Reforms' in: Journal of Development Studies, 2010, 46 (10), 1670-1691, Winner of Dudley Seers Prize

Recent research convincingly shows that crises beget reform. Although the consensus is that economic crises foster macroeconomic stabilization, it is silent on which types of crises cause which types of reform. Is it economic or political crises that are the most important drivers of structural reforms? To answer this question...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1746
published as 'Real Options and Demographic Decisions: Evidence from East and West Germany' in: Applied Economics, 2011, 43 (21), 2739 - 2749

Although economic agents routinely face various types of economic uncertainty, their effects are often unclear and hard to assess, in part due to the absence of suitable measures of uncertainty. Because of the numerous and very substantial institutional changes that people in the transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe...