Faculty and Staff

Dr. Leila Dagher

Associate Professor, and Assistant to the President for Public Policy

Dr. Leila Dagher is Assistant to the President for Public Policy and Associate Professor of Economics at the Lebanese American University (LAU) and has been an adjunct lecturer at the George Washington University (GWU) since 2016. She currently serves as an editor for Energy Policy, as well as on the editorial boards for Finance Research Letters and Utilities Policy. Dr. Dagher is a Senior Fellow at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Research Fellow at the Economic Research Forum, and serves on the steering committee of the Mashreq Gender Facility. She has previously served in various capacities including Economic Adviser to several public officials, Director of the Institute of Financial Economics at the American University of Beirut (AUB), and Chairperson of the Department of Economics (AUB).

Dr. Dagher is a regular participant in academic and policy debates. Her research applies her econometric knowledge to the areas of energy, environmental, and financial economics with a focus on producing policy-relevant studies. She has published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles. Her work has appeared in leading academic journals such as the Energy Journal, Resources Policy, Energy Economics and in more widely accessible forums.

Dr. Dagher received her Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut and her Ph.D. in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines. Before joining the LAU, Dr. Dagher has taught for 15 years at the AUB as well as several visiting stints including Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Teaching Interests

Research Interests

Selected Publications

(* Corresponding author, IF: Impact Factor from Journal Citation Reports)

Rao, A., Dagar, V., Sohag, K., Dagher, L., Tanin, T., 2023. Good for the planet, good for the wallet: The ESG impact on financial performance in India. Finance Research Letters  56, 1-7. (2021 IF: 9.846).

Dagher, L.,* and Hasanov, F., 2023. Oil market shocks and financial instability in Asian countries. International Review of Economics and Finance 84, 182-195. (2021 IF: 3.399).

Urom, C., Guesmi, K., Abid, I., and Dagher, L.,* 2023. Dynamic integration and transmission channels among interest rates and oil price shocks. The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance 87, 296-317. (2020 IF: 2.619).

Belaid, F., Dagher, L.,* and Filis, G., 2021. Revisiting the resource curse in the MENA region. Resources Policy 73, 1-14. (2020 IF: 5.634).

Dagher, L.,* and Nehme, R., 2021. Can Lebanon’s Economy Be Saved? A Plan for Revival. Middle East Policy 28(1), 123-134. (2020 IF: 0.475).

Ishrakieh, L.M., Dagher, L.* and El Hariri, S., 2020. A financial stress index for a highly dollarized developing country: The case of Lebanon. Central Bank Review, 20, 2, 43-52 (2020 JCI: 0.41).

Dagher, L.,* Fattouh, B., and Jamali, I., 2020. Oil price dynamics and energy transitions in the Middle East and North Africa: Economic implications and structural reforms. Energy Policy 139, 1-3 (2020 IF: 6.142).

Ishrakieh, L.M., Dagher, L.,* and El Hariri, S., 2019. Not the usual suspects: Critical indicators in a dollarized country’s Financial Stress Index. Finance Research Letters 32, 1-6 (2020 IF: 5.596).

Dagher, L.,* Bird, L., Heeter, J. 2017. Residential Green Power Demand in the United States. Renewable Energy 114, 1062-1068 (2020 IF: 8.001).

Dagher, L.,* Harajli, H. 2015. Willingness to pay for green power in an unreliable electricity sector: Part 1. The case of the Lebanese residential sector. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 50, 1634-1642 (2020 IF: 14.982).

Cuddington, J., Dagher, L. 2014. Estimating Short and Long-Run Demand Elasticities: A Primer with Energy-Sector Applications. Energy Journal 36, 185-209 (2020 IF: 2.414).

Dagher, L.,* El Hariri, S., 2013. The impact of global oil price shocks on the Lebanese stock market. Energy 63, 366-374 (2020 IF: 7.147).

Dagher, L.,* Yacoubian, T., 2012. The causal relationship between energy consumption and economic growth in Lebanon. Energy Policy 50, 795-801 (2020 IF: 6.142).

Dagher, L.,* 2012. Natural Gas demand at the utility level: An application of dynamic elasticities. Energy Economics 34, 961-969 (2020 IF: 7.042).

Dagher, L.,* Ruble, I., 2011. Modeling Lebanon’s electricity sector: Alternative scenarios and their implications. Energy 36, 4315-4326 (2020 IF: 7.147).

Ruble, I., Dagher, L., 2010. Challenges to International Climate Policy – Lessons Learned and Alternatives. International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses 2 (1), 87-101.

Dagher, L.,* Ruble, I., 2010. Challenges for CO2 Mitigation in the Lebanese Electric Power Sector. Energy Policy 38, 912-918 (2020 IF: 6.142).