Dr. Ali Fakih


Ali Fakih is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Economics at the Lebanese American University. He is also a Fellow at the Economic Research Forum (ERF), IZA Institute of Labor Economics, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO), and Global Labor Organization (GLO). He received his PhD in Economics in 2011 from HEC Montréal, the business school affiliated with l’Université de Montréal. His research interests include Labor Economics, Development Economics, Econometrics, Finance-Growth Nexus, Political Transformations, MENA Economies. His articles have appeared in international journals such as Journal of Econometrics, Review of Political Economy, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Defence and Peace Economics, Tourism Economics, Journal of Agricultural Economics, International Journal of Manpower, Journal of Industrial Relations, Social Indicators Research, and International Migration, Social Science Quarterly among others.

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

Fakih, A. & Sleiman, Y. The Gender Gap in Political Participation: Evidence from the MENA Region, Review of Political Economy (forthcoming).

Fakih, A., Makdissi, P., Marrouch, W., Tabri, R., & Yazbeck, M. A stochastic dominance test under survey nonresponse with an application to comparing trust levels in Lebanese public institutions, Journal of Econometrics (forthcoming).

Dibeh, G., Fakih, A., Marrouch, W., & Matar, G. Who cares about environmental quality in the MENA region?Social Indicators Research, volume 157, issue 2, September 2021, pp. 603–629.

Dibeh, G., Fakih, A., & Marrouch, W. (2019). Tourism–growth nexus under duress: Lebanon during the Syrian crisis, forthcoming, Tourism Economics.

Arayssi, M., Fakih, A. & Haimoun, N. (2019). Did the Arab Spring reduce MENA countries’ growth?, forthcoming, Applied Economics Letters

Fakih, A. & Marrouch, W. (2019). Environmental Kuznets Curve, a Mirage? A Semi-parametric Analysis from MENA countries, forthcoming, International Advances in Economic Research.

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.

Policy Reports, Briefs, and Blogs

“Employment Profile and Challenges of the Private Sector in Iraq” (with Salim Araji), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), 2019.

“Economy of Jordan” (with Nathir Haimoun), The Middle East and North Africa (Routledge), 2019.

“The Poor and Marginalized in Lebanon: Labor Market Challenges and Policy Implications”, (with Ghassan Dibeh and Walid Marrouch), SAHWA Policy Paper No. 1, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), 2016.

“The Economic Impacts of Syrian Refugees: Challenges and Opportunities in Host Countries”, (with Walid Marrouch), Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, 2015.

“Why does Institutional Development Matter for MENA’s Manufacturing Sector?”, (with Mahmoud Arayssi), Policy Paper, Menapolis project, 2015.

“Energy Poverty”, Arab Development Portal, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 2015.

“Energy Subsidies”, Arab Development Portal, UNDP, 2015.

“Alternatives to the Kafala (sponsorship) System for Women Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon”, (with Walid Marrouch), commissioned by the PROWD project at the International Labour Organization Regional Office for the Arab States, 2014.

“Vacation Leave, Work Hours and Wages: New Evidence from Linked Employer-Employee Data”, CIRANONote No.1, 2014.

“Who Hires Foreign Domestic Workers? Evidence from Lebanon”, (with Walid Marrouch), NEP-ARA Blog, 2014.