Zahra Siddique is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Bristol. She completed her PhD in Economics from Northwestern University and BSc Honors from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Zahra's research interests are in micro-econometrics, labor economics and development economics.

Zahra joined IZA as a Research Associate in August 2008. She became a Senior Research Associate in August 2011 and is currently affiliated with IZA as a Research Fellow.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11274

We examine the impact of business cycle variation on intimate partner violence using representative data from thirty one developing countries, through 2005 to 2016. We distinguish male from female unemployment rates, identifying the influence of each conditional upon the other. We find that a one percent increase in the male...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8566

We examine the effects of different kinds of domestic abuse (physical violence, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and physical violence while the victim is pregnant) on health outcomes of children born to victims. We use data on approximately 0.6 million children born between 1975 and 2013 across thirty different developing countries...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7725
published in: Journal of Labor Economics, 2017, 35 (4), 1089-1116. Pre-publication version available here. Online appendix available here

We examine the impact of the Americanization of names on the labor market outcomes of migrants. We construct a novel longitudinal data set of naturalization records in which we track a complete sample of migrants who naturalize by 1930. We find that migrants who Americanized their names experienced larger occupational...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6262

Strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, have been the primary weapon used by the United States to combat the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This paper examines the dynamics of violence involving drone strikes and the Taliban/Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan from January 2007 to December 2010....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6255

We examine racial and ethnic inequality in offers of employer provided fringe benefits (health insurance, life insurance and pension). Restricting to full-time workers in the private sector, we find that African Americans are significantly less likely to get fringe benefit offers than non-Hispanic whites after we control for individual differences...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6228
published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2012, 34, 1-53

We study the impact of tax and minimum wage reforms on the incidence of informality. To gauge the incidence of informality, we use measures of the extent of tax evasion, the extent of minimum wage non-compliance, and the size of the informal workforce. Our approach allows us to examine (i)...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5406
published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2012, 83 (3), 353-371

We examine spending on consumption items which have signaling value in social interactions across groups with distinctive social identities in India, where social identities are defined by caste and religious affiliations. The classification of such items was done by eliciting responses to a survey in India. We match the results...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4565
revised version published in: Journal of the American Statistical Association, 2013, 108 (502), 504-513

During the 1980s a set of randomized experiments were carried out to determine the usefulness of a mandatory arrest policy for domestic assault offenders. The first of these was the Minneapolis Domestic Violence experiment (MDVE), which was carried out in 1981. This paper re-examines the data from the MDVE and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4435

This paper examines differences in two important components of non-wage compensation, employer provided health insurance and pensions, across African Americans and the whites in the United States. Using data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY), we study the recent trends in the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3737
published as 'Evidence on Caste-Based Discrimination' in: Labour Economics, 2011, 18 (S1), S146-S159

Caste-based quotas in hiring have existed in the public sector in India for decades. Recently there has been debate about introducing similar quotas in private sector jobs. This paper uses an audit study to determine the extent of caste-based discrimination in the Indian private sector. On average low-caste applicants need...