Abdelhafid Belarbi, Ph.D


Al Ain Campus

+971 3 7024820



Ph.D. Economics, University of Cincinnati, USA

Master of Art, Economics, University of Cincinnati, USA

Bachelor of Economics, University of Oran, Algeria

Research Interests

Higher Education Risk Management, Assymetric Information in Higher Education, Industrial Organization and Managerial Economics, Islamic Economics & Finance.

Selected Publications

  • Remache, A., & Belarbi, A. (2019). Adapting ICT in higher education in the developing world: influencing dynamics. International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies12(3), 264-284.
  • Refae, G. A. E., Belarbi, A., & Askari, M. Y. (2019). Understanding the invisible hands of incentives. Global Business and Economics Review21(1), 3-13.
  • Eletter, S. F., El Refae, G. A., Belarbic, A. K., & Abu-Rashid, J. (2018). Predicting energy Ccnsumption using artificial neural networks: a case study of the UAE. Electronic Journal of Applied Statistical Analysis11(1), 137-154..
  • Refae, G. A. E., & Belarbi, A. K. (2017). University governance and educational AAU model: an organisational culture approach. Global Business and Economics Review19(2), 239-249.
  • Belarbi, A. K., El-Refae, G. A., Ballard, J. A., & Abu-Rashed, J. (2016). Transnational education in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries: the challenges of internationalisation and quality in higher education. International Journal of Economics and Business Research11(2), 120-131.
  • El Refae, G. A., Belarbi, A. K., Elkhatib, S. M., & Abu Rashed, J. A. (2016). UNIVERSITY GRADUATE EMPLOYABILITY STRATEGY: A RISK MANAGEMENT APPROACH. Global Business & Economics Anthology2.
  • El Refae, G. A., Anati, N. M., & Belarbi, A. K. (2013). Diversity and The Quality of Higher Education in the Gulf Region. Global Business & Economics Anthology2.
  • Belarbi, A. K., & El-Refae, G. A. (2013). Risk management in private higher education: an asymmetric information approach. International Journal of Economics and Business Research5(2), 226-238.
  • Belarbi, A., El-Refae, G. A., & Abu-Rashed, J. (2012). Issues of asymmetric information in public-private partnership contracts within Jordanian healthcare sector. International Journal of Behavioural and Healthcare Research3(1), 46-54.
  • Belarbi, A., El-Refae, G., & Rashed, J. A. (2012). Risks Facing the Profit-loss Sharing Banking System Within The Global Financial Crisis. Dirassat Journal Economic Issue3(1), 3-8.

Teaching Courses

Microeconomics (U), Macroeconomics (U), Priciples of Economics (U), Managerial Economics (G), Innovation and Entrepreneurship (G).


Adapting ICT in higher education in the developing world: influencing dynamics

Published in: International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies

Aug 09, 2019

/ Abdelghani Remache / Abdelhafid Belarbi

The frenzy of information and digital communications marked the 21st century by modernising societies and levering living standards. Policy makers of all economic spheres in the developed world reckon that information and communication technology (ICT) investment fosters economic development and performance. Recent studies in the USA and Europe indicate that investing in ICT helps achieve high growth rates in every sector of the economy. Building on recent literature reviews, this paper argues for the importance of ICT integration in higher education institutions (HEIs) in the developing world and proposes some of the major influencing factors that can help translate ICT integration into reality and serve as a major stimulant for economic development. The paper also reveals how investing in ICT enhances economic performance while focusing on the specific opportunities and the challenges obstructing the acquisition and adoption of ICT by the developing nations.