Maryam received her PhD in economics from West Virginia University in May 2013. She joined IZA as a research associate in July 2013. Maryam is an applied economist with a strong interest in development and labor economics. Most of her research has primarily focused on the impact of formal and informal institutions on migration decisions and migrants' assimilation. Her most recent work looks into the interactions of decision process and institutions, more precisely on the effects of institutions on personality traits.