Dr. Saifedean Ammous


Saifedean Ammous is an assistant professor of economics at Adnan Kassar School of Business. He was previously a member of the Center for Capitalism and Society at Columbia University. He holds a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University in New York, USA. His PhD studied the science and economics of environmental and energy policy-making, using bio-fuels as a case study. He also holds an MA and MPhil in Sustainable Development from Columbia University, an MSc in Development Management from London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut. He conducts research and consultations for various organizations and lectures on economics to professionals and civil servants.

Teaching Interests

  •     The Economics of Environmental and Energy Policy Making
  •     Challenges of Sustainable Development
  •     Financial Crises Research Seminar
  •     Microeconomics
  •     Macroeconomics
  •     International Economics
  •     Development Economics

Research Interests

  •     Arab Political Economy
  •     Monetary Economics
  •     Energy Economics
  •     Environmental Economics

Selected Publications

Ammous, S. & Phelps, E. (2015). Climate Change, the Knowledge Problem and the Good Life. The Journal of Private Enterprise, 30(1), 35-44. 

Ammous, S. (2012). Arab Corporatism. Proceedings of the 2012 Economic Research Forum: Pre- Conference Workshop on The Political Economy of Arab Awakening, Egypt. 

Ammous, S. (2011). Biofuels: Science and Policy in Alternative Energy (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Columbia University, NY, USA. 

Ammous, S., Stiglitz, J., Howse, R. & Habib-Mintz, N. (2010). Biofuels Policies and their Impacts. Initiative for Policy Dialogue’s Hewlett project.