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Database of Middle East North Africa Social Policy Expertise

Dr. Heath Prince

Dr. Prince is a research scientist and the director of the Ray Marshall Center at the University of Texas, Austin. He is a member of the Resilience Measurement Evidence and Learning Community of Practice, with over twenty years’ experience in the education, workforce, and intertiol development fields as a researcher, project mager, policy alyst, and evaluator. He is principal investigator for research and evaluation projects focused on poverty and the labor market, including two behavioral economics experiments, one of which operates in northern Jordan and is related to family planning and post-tal care for women. He is also PI for a United tions Research Institute for Social Development study examining post-Arab Spring policies and programs addressing youth unemployment in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia, as well as for program evaluations in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.

Doctorate, Brandeis University
Current or most recent Employer

Director/Research Scientist

University of Texas, Austin
Time in Post - 7

Organisation Type: University

Regional Expertise

Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia,

Disciplinary or professional background

Development Studies, Development (applied), Economics, Education, Evaluation research, Social/Public Policy

Contact Info

01 512 471 2193

University of Texas, Austin Ray Marshall Center 3001 Lake Austin Blvd. Ste. 3.200 Austin, TX 78703
Social Media (Other)

Public Profiles

Current Areas of Policy Interest

Inequality ( 12 years )

Poverty or deprivation reduction ( 20 years )

Poverty or deprivation measurement ( 12 years )

Public Policy ( 20 years )

Education policy ( 20 years )

Social protection

Social safety nets ( 20 years )

Labour and employment policies ( 20 years )

Social security systems ( 20 years )

Economic development ( 20 years )

Innovative finance (New modalities in financing social sectors e.g. impact bonds) ( 18 years )

Other macroeconomic issues ( 12 years )

Work relates to groups

Youth ( 20 years )

Women ( 10 years )

Areas of Policy Interest over the last ten years

Areas of Policy Interest researched, programmes designed and/or delivered in the last ten years

Public Policy

Poverty/deprivation reduction

Poverty/deprivation measurement


Education policy

Health policy (Including health insurance)

Social protection

Social safety nets

Social security systems

Labour and employment polices

Economic development

Other macroeconomic issues


Academic publications
Heath Prince, Yara Halasa, and Am Khan. Economic Growth, Youth Unemployment, and Political and Social Instability: A study of policies and outcomes in Post-Arab Spring Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, and Tunisia: Working Paper, United tions Research Institute for Social Development, Paper No. 12, Geneva, Switzerland.

Academic conferences
Post-Arab Spring Youth Employment Policy in the ME Region: UNRISD Field Research in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia. APPAM Intertiol Conference, Mexico City, July, 19, 2018.

Policy Reports
Heath Prince, Khulood Shatwi, Yousef Khader, Nihaya al-Sheyab, and Kelley Ready . Examining Reproductive Health Services of Women, Female Youth, and Female Refugees in Northern Jordan with a Behavioral Economics Lens: Results from a randomized control trial. Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (forthcoming, August, 2019)

Policy Briefs
Heath Prince and Bethany Boggess, The Failed Promise of the Texas Miracle. Workers Defense Project, Austin, TX (February, 2016)

Consultancy Reports
Heath Prince, Fading Hope: Why the Youth of the Arab Spring are Still Unemployed, The Conversation, June 30th, 2016.