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Dr Matloob Piracha

Senior Lecturer in Economics

School of Economics, Keynes College, Cg.08



Matloob Piracha is a Senior Lecturer in Economics. He graduated with BSc (Electrical Engineering) and MA degrees from Ohio University and was awarded his PhD by the University of Exeter.

Matloob's main research fields are international trade and migration. He is also a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), Bonn.

Matloob Piracha is the School's Senior Tutor and Director of MSc Admissions.

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Matloob's publications can also be found on RePEc and ResearchGate.

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Delaporte, I. and Piracha, M. (2018). Integration of Humanitarian Migrants into the Host Country Labour Market: Evidence from Australia. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies [Online]. Available at:
Collier, W., Piracha, M. and Randazzo, T. (2017). Remittances and return migration. Review of Development Economics [Online]. Available at:
Vadean, F., Randazzo, T. and Piracha, M. (2017). Remittances, Labour Supply and Activity of Household Members Left-Behind. Journal of Development Studies [Online]. Available at:
Kalfa, E. and Piracha, M. (2017). Immigrants' educational mismatch and the penalty of overeducation. Education Economics [Online] 25:462-481. Available at:
Piracha, M., Tani, M. and Vaira-Lucero, M. (2016). Social capital and immigrants' labour market performance. Papers in Regional Science [Online] 95:S107-S126. Available at:
Piracha, M. and Amrita, S. (2015). Remittances and migration intentions of the left-behind. Migration and Development [Online]. Available at:
Piracha, M. (2015). Occupational choice of return migrants. IZA World of Labor [Online] 197:1-10. Available at:
Mahuteau, S. et al. (2014). Immigration policy and entrepreneurship. International Migration [Online] 52:53-65. Available at:
Piracha, M. and Saraogi, A. (2012). The determinants of remittances: Evidence from Moldova. Oxford Development Studies [Online] 40:467-491. Available at:
Piracha, M., Tani, M. and Vadean, F. (2012). Immigrant Over- and Under-Education: The Role of Home Country Labour Market Experience. IZA Journal of Migration [Online] 1:1. Available at:
Piracha, M. and Zhu, Y. (2012). Precautionary Savings by Natives and Immigrants in Germany. Applied Economics [Online] 44:2767-2776. Available at:
Piracha, M. (2011). Export subsidies and the first-mover (dis)advantage. Singapore Economic Review [Online] 56:41-50. Available at:
Borodak, D. and Piracha, M. (2011). Occupational choice of return migrants in Moldova. Eastern European Economics [Online] 49:24-46. Available at:
King, R., Piracha, M. and Vullnetari, J. (2010). Migration and development in transition economies of South-East Europe: Albania and Kosova. Eastern European Economics [Online] 48:3-16. Available at:
Piracha, M. and Vadean, F. (2010). Return Migration and Occupational Choice: Evidence from Albania. World Development [Online] 38:1141-1155. Available at:
Piracha, M. (2010). Export Subsidies and Countervailing Duties Under Asymmetric Information. Trade and Development Review.
Catrinescu, N. et al. (2009). Remittances, Institutions and Economic Growth. World Development [Online] 37:81-92. Available at:
Piracha, M. and Hallworth, T. (2006). Macroeconomic Fluctuations and Antidumping Filings: Evidence from a New Generation of Protectionist Countries. Journal of World Trade 40:407-424.
Book section
Anghel, R., Piracha, M. and Randazzo, T. (2015). Migrants' remittances: Channelling globalization. in: Talani, L. S. and McMahon, S. eds. Handbook of the International Political Economy of Migration. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, pp. 234-258. Available at:
Piracha, M. and Vadean, F. (2013). Migrant educational mismatch and the labour market. in: Constant, A. F. and Zimmermann, K. F. eds. International Handbook on Economics of Migration. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, pp. 176-192. Available at:
Piracha, M. and Vadean, F. (2010). Circular migration or permanent return: What determines different forms of migration? in: Epstein, G. S. and Gang, I. N. eds. Migration and Culture. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing, pp. 467-495. Available at:
Tchuente, G., Piracha, M. and Tani, M. (2017). Immigration Policy and Remittance Behaviour. IZA. Available at:
Collier, W., Piracha, M. and Randozza, T. (2011). Remittances and Return Migration. Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit Institute for the Study of Labor. Available at:
Kalfa, E. and Piracha, M. (2018). Social networks and the labour market mismatch. Journal of Population Economics [Online] 31:877-914. Available at:
Martins, P., Piracha, M. and Varejão, J. (2018). Do Immigrants Displace Native Workers? Evidence from Matched Panel Data. Economic Modelling [Online] 72. Available at:
Showing 25 of 28 total publications in KAR. [See all in KAR]


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Research interests

Matloob's current research interests are in the field of international trade (with special reference to strategic trade policy) and migration, particularly the effect of migration on labour markets of both Eastern and Western Europe. Other work includes analysing the role of foreign direct investment on both trade and migration in some selected East European countries. He is currently working on migration policy issues in Europe and on models of strategic trade policy under asymmetric information.

Matloob's RePEc page is

Working papers

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Consultation hours

  • Wed 14.30-15.30
  • Thu 16.00-17.00
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PhD supervision

Matloob would consider supervising PhD students who are interested in topics such as:

  • Labour migration
  • Remittances
  • International trade

Current students

Past students

  • Dr Teresa Randazzo, completed 2014
  • Dr Amrita Saraogi, completed 2014
  • Dr Florin Vadean: "Essays in international migration and migrants' remittances", completed 2010


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Administrative roles

  • Senior Tutor
  • Director of MSc Admissions
  • Postgraduate Open Days Co-ordinator


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School of Economics, Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NP

Undergraduate enquiries: +44 (0) 1227 827497, Postgraduate enquiries: +44 (0) 1227 827440 or email us

Last Updated: 15/01/2018