Melanie Khamis

Melanie Khamis

Associate Professor of Economics, Wesleyan University, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) Research Fellow
WAPPP Fellow
Melanie Khamis

Melanie Khamis’ research focuses on different aspects of the labor market, in particular informal labor markets, gender and ethnicity in the labor market, and migration. As a WAPPP Fellow, she intends to investigate the gender wage gap and occupational choices of women in the United States, in particular the role of specific high earnings occupations.



Melanie Khamis completed her Ph.D. at the London School of Economics. She also holds an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Warwick and a B.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics. Before and during her doctoral studies, she worked as an economist for the Department for International Development (DFID, U.K.), as a consultant for the World Bank and as a researcher for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She also worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the IZA (Institute of Labor Economics) and continues to be affiliated with IZA as a research fellow. She is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at Wesleyan University, where she was also an Assistant Professor. She has been a Visiting Research Scholar at the Center of Labor Economics at UC Berkeley and the Economics Department of Harvard University. Her main research interests are in labor economics, development economics and applied microeconomics. Her recent work has focused on gender and the labor market in developing countries and developed countries.


Research Topic

Gender wage gap and occupational choices of women in the United States