Mohamed Belkhir

Mohamed Belkhir

Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund

Areas of Interest:

  • Macro-financial linkages
  • Financial sector assessment and regulation
  • Financial systems in the MENA region


  • Ph.D in Finance, University of Orleans, France, 2007
  • M.Sc in Finance University of Tunis, Institut Superieur de Gestion, Tunisia, 1999
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Tunis, Institut Superieur de Gestion, Tunisia, 1997


  • Senior Economist, Middle East Center for Economics & Finance, International Monetary Fund, Kuwait, 2018 - present
  • Head of the Department of Economics & Finance, UAE University, 2016 - 2017
  • Associate Professor of Finance, UAE University, 2013 - 2017
  • International Monetary Fund Consultant, 2017
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, UAE University, 2006 - 2013

Latest Publications:

  • Belkhir, M., M. Saad, and A. Samet. 2018. “Stock extreme illiquidity and the cost of capital”. Journal of Banking and Finance (Elsevier), forthcoming
  • Belkhir, M., J. Grira., M.K. Hassan., and I. Soumare. 2018. “Islamic banks and political risk: International evidence.” The Quarterly Review of Economics & Finance (Elsevier), forthcoming
  • Belkhir, M., S. Boubaker, and K. Chebbi. 2018. “CEO inside debt and the value of excess cash”. Journal of Applied Accounting Research (Emerald), forthcoming
  • Belkhir, M., N. Boubakri, and J. Grira. 2017. “Political risk and the cost of capital in the MENA region”. Emerging Markets Review (Elsevier), vol. 33, 155-172
  • Belkhir, M., A. Maghyereh., and B. Awartani, 2016, “Institutions and Corporate Capital Structure in the MENA Region”. Emerging Markets Review (Elsevier), vol 26,99-129
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