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.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11242
Chiara Kofol, Maryam Naghsh Nejad

The impact of hosting refugees on child labor in host countries is unclear. This paper estimates both the short and the long term consequences of hosting refugees fleeing from the genocides of Rwanda and Burundi in the Kagera region of Tanzania between 1991 and 2004. The study uses longitudinal data...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9309
published in: European Journal of Political Economy, 2016, 45, 71-84

We investigate emigrant self-selection according to institutional quality using up to 3,566 observations on bilateral migration flows from 77 countries over the 1990-2000 period. We relate these flows to differences in political and economic institutions. We improve and expand upon previous studies by (i) examining decade-long migration flows that (ii)...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8067

In this paper we model the migration decisions of high-skilled women as a function of the benefits associated with moving from an origin with relatively low women's rights to a destination with a relatively high level of women's rights. However, the costs faced by women are decreasing in the level...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7864

This paper investigates the effects of institutionalized gender inequality, proxied by a women's rights index, on the female high-skilled migration rates relative to that of male (the female brain drain ratio). By developing a model of migration choice I find non-linear effects of gender inequality on the female brain drain...