Assistant Professor of Economics
Mo Alloush is an applied microeconomist with research interests at the intersection of economics, psychology, and geography — and in using insights from these disciplines to understand the persistence of poverty and to design effective poverty-alleviation policy. Specifically, he is interested in urban poverty and how the conditions of poverty (including exposure to violence, noise, pollution, and lack of access to resources) affect psychological well-being and how that, in turn, plays a role in prolonging poverty. He earned his doctorate from the University of California, Davis; his master of public policy degree from Georgetown University; and a bachelor’s in economics from the American University of Beirut.
In his teaching, Alloush strives to create spaces where students collaborate to apply economic theory to develop solutions to real-world problems that they care about.
Recent Courses Taught
Urban Poverty and Inequality
- Building Evidence on Protracted Forced Displacement Grant, UK Department for International Development, 2017-21
- Provost Fellowship, University of California Davis, 2014
- Graduate Fellowship, Georgetown University, 2008-10
- “Neighborhood Violence, Poverty, and Psychological Well-being.” Journal of Development Economics (with Jeff Bloem), forthcoming.
- “Income Improves Subjective Well-Being: Evidence from South Africa.” Economic Development and Cultural Change (with Steve Wu), forthcoming.
- “Economic Life in Refugee Camps.” World Development, 95(6), 334-347, 2017. (with J.E. Taylor, I. Rojas, A. Gupta, and E. Gonzalez)
- “The Economic Impact of Refugees.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(27), 7449-7453, 2016. (with J.E. Taylor, M. Filipski, A. Gupta, I. Rojas, E. Gonzalez)
- “Informality and Exclusion: Evidence from Matched Employer-Employee data for Lebanon and Syria.” IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2(1), 1-18, 2013. (with R. Gatti, J. Silva, and C. Chartouni)
American Economic Association
American Agricultural Economics Association
Consultant and Professional Associate at the World Bank
Appointed to the Faculty2019
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
M.P.P., Georgetown University
B.A., American University of Beirut