Dr. Ali Fakih


Dr. Ali Fakih is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the Lebanese American University. He is also a fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO), Global Labor Organization (GLO), and a Research Associate at the Economic Research Forum (ERF). He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 2011 from HEC Montréal, the business school affiliated with l’Université de Montréal. His research interests include labor economics, development economics, applied econometrics, applied microeconomics, and MENA economies.

Teaching Interests

  • Microeconomics 
  • Managerial Economics
  • Introductory Econometrics
  • Microeconometrics
  • Macroeconometrics
  • Labor Economics
  • Research Methods in Business

Research Interests

  • Labor Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • MENA economies

Selected Publications

Dibeh, G., Fakih, A. & Marrouch, W. (2018). Labor Market and Institutional Drivers of Youth Irregular Migration in the Middle East and North Africa Region, forthcoming, Journal of Industrial Relations.

Coutts, A., Daoud, A., Fakih, A., Marrouch, W., & Reinsberg, B. (2018). Guns and Butter? Military Expenditure and Health Spending on the Eve of the Arab Spring, forthcoming, Defence and Peace Economics.

Arayssi, M., Fakih, A., & Kassem, M. (2018). Government and Financial Institutional Determinants of Development in MENA Countries, forthcoming, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade.

Dibeh, G., Fakih, A. & Marrouch W. (2018). Decision to Emigrate Amongst the Youth in Lebanon, International Migration, 56(1), 5-22.(Lead Article)

Fakih, A. (2018). What Determines Vacation Leave? The Role of Gender, Bulletin of Economic Research, 70(1), 1-19.

Arayssi, M. & Fakih, A. (2017). Finance-Growth Nexus in a Changing Political Region: How Important was the Arab Spring?, Economic Analysis and Policy, 55, 106-123.

Arayssi, M. & Fakih, A. (2017). The Finance-Growth Nexus, Again: New Evidence from Kenya, Economic Issues, 22(2), 33-59.

Ghazalian, P. & Fakih, A. (2017). R&D and Innovation in Food Processing Firms in Transition Countries, Journal of Agricultural Economics, 68(2), 427-450.

Abosedra, S. & Fakih, A. (2017). Assessing the Role of Financial Deepening and Remittances in Growth: The Experience of Lebanon, Global Economy Journal, 17(1), 1-17.

Dah, A. & Fakih, A. (2016). Decomposing Gender Wage Differentials Using Quantile Regression: Evidence from the Lebanese Banking SectorJournal of International Advances in Economic Research, 22(2), 171-185. 

Fakih, A. & Ibrahim, M. (2016). The impact of Syrian refugees on the labor market in neighboring countries: empirical evidence from JordanDefence and Peace Economics, 27(1), 64-86.

Fakih, A. & Ghazalian, P. (2015). What factors influence firm perceptions of labour market constraints to growth in the MENA region? International Journal of Manpower36(8), 1181-1206. 

Fakih, A. & Marrouch, W. (2015). The electricity consumption, employment and growth nexus: evidence from Lebanon. OPEC Energy Review, 39(3), 298-321. 

Arayssi, M. & Fakih, A. (2015). Institutions and Development in MENA Region: Evidence from the Manufacturing Sector. International Journal of Social Economics42(8), 717-732.

Fakih, A. & Ghazalian, P. (2015). Female Employment in MENA’s Manufacturing Sector: The Implications of Firm-related and National Factors. Economic Change and Restructuring, 48(1), 37-69.

Fakih, A.(2014).Vacation Leave, Work Hours and Wages: New Evidence from Linked Employer-Employee DataLABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, 28(4), 376-398. 

Fakih, A. & Ghazalian, P. (2014). Which Firms Export? An Empirical Analysis for the Manufacturing Sector in the MENA RegionJournal of Economic Studies, 41(5), 672-695.

Abosedra, S. & Fakih, A. (2014). The Relationships between Economic Growth, Financial Deepening, and Information and Communication Technology: Empirical Evidence from Lebanon. Journal of Economic Research, 19(1), 1-17.

Fakih, A. & Marrouch, W. (2014). Who Hires Foreign Domestic Workers? Evidence from Lebanon. Journal of Developing Areas48(3), 339-352.