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Ragui Assaad

Source: Population CouncilRagui Assaad is a professor of planning and public affairs at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a nonresident senior fellow at the Global Economy and Development progam at Brookings. Ragui previously served as the regional director for West Asia and North Africa at the Population Council. His expertise is in the areas of international economic development; labor market analysis; politics and economics of the Middle East and North Africa; urban planning; poverty in developing countries; quantitative methods; and women's work in developing countries.

Ragui received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and B.Sc. in Physics from Stanford University.

Middle East Youth Initiative Publications:

Youth Exclusion in Yemen: Tackling the Twin Deficits of Human Development and Natural Resources
Ragui Assaad, Ghada Barsoum, Emily Cupito and Daniel Egel, November 2009

Did Housing Policy Reforms Curb the Delay in Marriage Among Young Men in Egypt?
Ragui Assaad and Mohamed Ramadan, November 2008

Youth Exclusion in Egypt: In Search of "Second Chances"
Ragui Assaad and Ghada Barsoum, December 2007

Recent Commentary:

Demographics of Arab Protests: An Interview with Ragui Assaad
Ragui Assaad, 14 February 2011

By now, it should be clear to all that Mubarak's time is up
Ragui Assaad, 31 Januaruy 2011

How Will Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution Affect the Arab World?
Ragui Assaad, 28 January 2011

The Paradox of Employment: The Reality Behind Youth Labor Market Statistics in Egypt and the United States
Ragui Assaad and Samantha Constant, 09 March 2010

The Middle East and the New Global Economy: Revisiting Egypt in the Wake of the Downturn
Ragui Assaad with Tarik Yousef, 22 September 2009

Global Economic Crisis: Short and Long-term Prospects for Egypt
Ragui Assaad with Navtej Dhillon, 29 October 2008

In the Media:

Young Rebels: What to watch for in Libya
Minnesota Post, 30 March 2011

Mideast 'baby boomers': Shock troops of protest
MSNBC, 01 March 2011

Egypt's Military Discourages Economic Change
The Washington Post, 17 February 2011

Cairo native Ragui Assaad comments on the Egyptian revolt against the regime
The Examiner, 04 February 2011

Youth Movements and Revolution in Egypt - A Talk by Ragui Assaad
University of Minnesota, 01 February 2011

Egypt President Mubarak Is 'Making the Whole Country Pay the Price'
ABC News, 01 February 2011

Behind the turmoil in Egypt: Angry young people who expected more
Minnesota Post, 31 January 2011

Mubarak's Grip on Power Is Shaken
The New York Times, 31 January 2011

Choice of Suleiman Likely to Please Military, Not the Crowds
The New York Times, 29 January 2011

Selected Additional Publications >>



In Egypt, Affordable Housing is the Price of Love

21 Jun 2011

Ragui Assaad discusses the linkage between affordable housing and marriage in Egypt, noting a positive change in the age of marriage prior to the recent revolution and assessing the possibility of continuing improvements in the future. This article was originally published by Marketplace and is reposted here. The views expressed in this article are those of the published author.



Creating jobs in Egypt

20 Jun 2011

Ragui Assaad commented on the cost of doing business in Egypt. This piece originally aired on Marketplace and can be read in its entirety here.



How Will Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution Affect the Arab World?

24 Jan 2011
Ragui Assaad reflects on what the recent historic events in Tunisia mean for youth in Tunisia, Egypt and the rest of the Arab world. This commentary was originally published by the Brookings Institution here.