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Hamid E. Ali, is Assistant Professor at the American University of Cairo.

He is also a senior economist at management Optimetrics and adjunct faculty at Department of Economics at Southern Methodist University. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of military spending, fiscal policy, inequality and economics development. Also he is working with parties in Darfur conflict to end the human suffering, democratic transition and reconstruction.

Prior to joining Management Optimetrics, Ali was a researcher at US government Accountability Office, where he was a major contributor on various reports to congressional committees on issues related to US Army’s chemical and biological units’ readiness, Farm subsidy programs and FCC regulation of the digital spectrums.

He holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the LBJ School of Public Affair at the University of Texas at Austin, a master's in economics from University of Texas at Austin. Previously, Ali taught at Texas State University and worked at Texas Workforce Commission and the Center for Transportation Research.

His most recent publication includes:

“Military Expenditure and Inequality: Empirical Evidence from Global Data.” Journal of Defense and Peace Economics, 18(6) pp. 519-535, December 2007.

Co-author with Shama Gamkhar. “Political Economy of Grant Allocation: Case of Federal Aid for Highways.” Journal of Federalism 38(1) pp. 1-22, Winter 2008

“Military spending and Panel Granger Causality Test” Journal of Peace Research (Forthcoming)

“War and Relative Food Cost” Journal of Food Policy (under review)


Working papers:

  • “Military Spending and Inequality in the Middle East and North Africa”

  • “Reserve Requirements and Optimal Monetary Policy in Economies with Informal Sector”

  • “Evolution of Corruption and Power of State”

  • “Simulation of Household Behavior in Economies with Informal Sector”

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