Contact Information


Tel: +44(0)1865 271026

Harris Manchester College
University of Oxford

Oxford OX1 3TD, UK




Isabel Ruiz

Official Fellow in Economics (2011 – present)

Harris Manchester College

University of Oxford


Other Affiliations


Oxford Associate, Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 2016 – present.

University of Oxford


Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development, 2016

Maastricht University


Fellow, Commercial Law Centre, 2014- present,

University of Oxford


Affiliate, Latin American Centre, 2016 – present,

University of Oxford


Co-coordinator, The Economics of Forced Migration Project


Areas of Research


Development Economics, International Economics, The Economics of Migration


Recent Publications (since 2012)


"Return migration and economic outcomes in the conflict context" (S. Fransen, I. Ruiz, C. Vargas-Silva) World Development, forthcoming 2017


“Are refugees’ labour market outcomes different from those of other migrants? Evidence from the United Kingdom in the 2005 – 2007 period" (with C. Vargas-Silva) Population, Space and Place, forthcoming 2017.


The labour market consequences of hosting refugees (with C. Vargas-Silva)

Journal of Economic Geography, 16, 3: 667-694, 2016.


The impacts of fiscal policy shocks on the US housing market (with C. Vargas-Silva), Empirical Economics, 50, 3: 777-800, 2016.


The labour market impacts of forced migration (with C. Vargas-Silva)

American Economic Review, P&P 105: 5, 581-586, 2015.


Forced up or down?  The impact of forced migration on social status (with M. Siegel and C. Vargas-Silva), Journal of Refugee Studies, Online 2014.


“Remittances and the business cycle: A reliable relationship?” (with C. Vargas-Silva), Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40:3, 2014.


The impact of crime and insecurity on trust in democracy and institutions (with L. Blanco), American Economic Review, P&P 103(3): 284–288, 2013.


The economics of forced migration (with C. Vargas-Silva)

Journal of Developing Studies, 49: 6, 772-784, 2013.


The impact of FDI on CO2 emissions in Latin America (with L. Blanco and F. Gonzalez), Oxford Development Studies, 41: 1, 104–121, 2013.


Macroeconomic antecedents to U.S. investment in Latin America” (with H. Arbelaez), Journal of Business Research, 66: 439–447, 2013.


Political risk, macroeconomic uncertainty and the patterns of FDI (with B. Solomon), The International Trade Journal, 26, 1-18, 2012.


Exploring the causes of the slowdown in remittances to Mexico (with C. Vargas-Silva), Empirical Economics, 42: 3, 745-766, 2012.