Rana Hendy is currently an assistant professor of economics and public policy at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at The American University in Cairo (AUC). Hendy is also a research associate at the Economic Research Forum in Cairo, where she served as the thematic director for equity and inequality as well as for gender-related projects between 2012 and 2014. Hendy received her doctorate in labor and development economics from the Paris School of Economics in 2011 and a master's degree in labor and demographic economics from the same school. From 2006 to 2011, Hendy received a full fellowship from the Research Center in Economics and Statistics (CREST) in France.
Hendy researches labor and demographic policies in developing countries with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Her current work focuses on gender inequality, inequality of opportunity in education, labor markets, family formation and international migration, as well as the impact of trade and fiscal policies on inequality and poverty.
Between 2016 and 2019, Hendy was an assistant professor of economics at the School of Public Administration and Development Economics at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. Before that, Hendy served for three academic years at the College of Business and Economics at Qatar University. She worked as an Economist for the Economic Research Forum from 2011 to 2014.
Hendy has served as a consultant to several international organizations such as the World Bank Group, the International Labor Organization and the International Development Research Center and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission, among others.
She has a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Applied Economics, International Journal of Educational Development, Demographic Research, Journal of North African Studies, Middle East Development Journal, and International Trade Journal. She also contributed to four Oxford University Press volumes on labor markets in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Refereed Journal Articles
- Hendy, R. and C. Zaki. 2021. Trade Facilitation and Firms Exports: The Case of Egypt. International Review of Economics and Finance 75: 197-209. ScienceDirect. (September)
- Hendy, R. 2021. Yes, Women can be Equal to Men in Employment: Evidence from Egypt. Journal of North African Studies 26 (4): 781–806. Francis & Taylor Online. DOI: 10.1080/13629387.2020.1732934. (Published Online in March 2020)
- Assaad, R., Hendy, R., Moundir, L. and S. Yassin. 2020. Explaining the MENA Paradox: Rising Educational Attainment, Yet Stagnant Female Labor Force Participation. Demographic Research. Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research 43 (28): 817-850.
- Hendy R. and Mohieldin, M. 2020. On Ideas and Economic Policy: A Survey of MENA Economists. Middle East Development Journal. Francis & Taylor Online. (January)
- Assaad, R., Hendy, R., and D. Salehi-Isfahani. 2019. Inequality of Opportunity in Educational Attainment in the Middle East and North Africa: Evidence from Household Surveys. International Journal of Educational Development 66 (C): 24-43. Elsevier.
- El-Enbaby, H., Hendy, R. and C. Zaki. 2015. Do SPS measures Matter for Margins of Trade? Evidence from Firm-Level Data. Applied Economics 48 (21): 1949-1964. Taylor & Francis Online.
- Hendy, R. and C. Zaki. 2013. On Informality and Productivity of Micro and Small Enterprises: Evidence from MENA Countries. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 19 (4): 438-470. Inderscience Publishers.
- Hendy, R. and C. Zaki. 2013. Assessing the Effects of Trade Liberalization on Wage Inequalities in Egypt: A Microsimulation Analysis. The International Trade Journal 27 (1): 63-104. Taylor & Francis Online.
Invited Book Chapters
- Hendy, R. and E. Sayre. 2016. The Effects of Education and Marriage on Labor Force Participation of Women in the Middle East and North Africa. In Young Generation Awakening. pp. 72-87. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190224615.001.0001
- Hendy, R. 2015. Women's Participation in the Egyptian Labor Market: 1998-2012. In the Egyptian Labor Market in an Era of Revolution. pp. 147-161. Oxford University Press. DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737254.003.0008
- Assaad, R., Hendy, R., and S. Yassin. 2014. Gender and the Jordanian Labor Market. In the Jordanian Labor Market in the New Millennium. pp. 105- 143. Oxford University Press.
- Yassin, S and R. Hendy. 2021. A Package of Labor Market Policies Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic in Egypt. Alternative Policy Solutions.
- Hendy, R. and N. Bin Mimoune. 2021. Evolution of Inequality of Opportunity in Education in The Jordanian Case: From 2008 to 2017. Economic Research Forum, Working Paper No. 1480. (August)
- Hendy R. and Mohieldin, M. 2019. On Ideas and Economic Policy: A Survey of MENA Economists. Economic Research Forum, Working Paper No. 1346. (September).
- David, A. and R. Hendy. 2016. Does International Migration Help Them Marry Earlier? A Hazard Model for the Case of Egypt. Economic Research Forum. Working Paper No. 1051. (September).
- Hendy, R. 2010. Rethinking Time Allocation of Egyptian Women: A Matching Analysis. Economic Research Forum, Working Paper No. 526. (June).
- Hendy, R. 2011. On Marriage and Labor Market Transitions: A Structural Dynamic Model. The World Bank, Washington DC mimeo. Access here
Reports and Policy Briefs
- Hendy, R. 2020. Contributed to Women’s Access to Market Opportunities in South Asia and The Middle East & North Africa: Barriers, Opportunities and Policy Challenges. London School of Economics in Collaboration with Ashoka University and the Economic Research Forum. (January).
- Hendy, R. and N. Ben Mimoune. 2019. Contributed to Rethinking Inequality in Arab Countries. UNESCWA and ERF. (December)
- Hendy, R. 2019. Chapter on The Institution of Marriage in Egypt. Doha International Family Institute in the report on “The State of Marriage in the Arab World”. Doha International Family Institute. (December).
- Hendy, R. 2018. Getting more women into employment in Egypt. Economic Research Forum, Policy Forum. (January).
- Hendy, R. 2018. Egypt: Time Use Surveys and Policy Case Study. Data2X hosted by the United Nations Foundation. (March).
- Hendy, R. 2016. Female Labor Force Participation in the GCC. Doha International Family Institute. (May)
- Hendy, R. 2015. Untapping Low Female Labor Force Participation in Egypt. Economic Research Forum. ERF Policy Brief No. 5. (September).