Short Bio Jad Chaaban (born January 7, 1978) is a Lebanese economist and political activist. He is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He previously held research and visiting positions at the Toulouse School of Economics, the London School of Economics and the World Bank. He is a founding member of the Lebanese Economics Association and a former member of the Advisory Board of UNDP’s global Human Development Report.   


Dr. Jad Chaaban is an Associate Professor of Economics at the American University of Beirut (AUB). His primary research interests are in development economics and industrial organization, and his extended interests include public economics of health, education and labor policies, in addition to agricultural and environmental economics. His work focuses mostly on using tools in micro and applied economics to tackle public policy issues that affect the lives of the most vulnerable groups in society. His interdisciplinary work has been published in several academic journals in disciplines including Economics, Area Studies, Demography, Agricultural Policy and Public Health. Dr. Chaaban has served as an economic policy advisor to various Lebanese ministries and public agencies. Prior to joining AUB in September 2006 he was an economist in the World Bank’s Middle East regional office, where he undertook research related to poverty reduction and economic management in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. He was also the president and one of the founding members of the Lebanese Economic Association (LEA) 2007-2014. Dr. Chaaban regularly contributes to economic policy analysis on Middle Eastern and global development issues to various international institutions and UN agencies, and his research and advocacy work has often been featured in local and international media. In 2014-2015 he served as the Lead Author of UNDP’s Arab Human Development Report 2016, a flagship publication authored by leading scholars and policymakers working on the Arab countries. Dr. Chaaban holds a BA in Economics from AUB, an MBA from the European School of Management (2000), a master’s in Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Resources Economics (2001) and a PhD in Economics (2004) from the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in France.