Mahieddine Adnan Ghecham, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Abu Dhabi Campus

+971 2 6133587


PhD-Economics, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)

MA- Economics, Manchester University (UK)

PG-Diploma- Money and Banking, University of Birmingham (UK)

Licence (Honours)- Economics and Finance, National School of Administration (Algeria)

Research Interests

My research falls, though not exclusively, within the area of Economics and Finance. It covers topics that deal with various issues such as: Governance and economic performance; Income distribution and growth policies; behavioral economics of education.

Selected Publications

  • Ghecham, M.A. (in press, 2020). Further attempt to explain oil curse mechanism using debt overhang concept. Journal of Economic Studies. 
  • Ghecham, M.A., & Salih, A. (2019). Panel Financial ratios data underlying the performance of conventional and Islamic banks operating in GCC. Data in Brief, 24, 103979.
  • Idriss, A., Ghecham, M.A., & El Barghouthi. (2019). The Impact of Global Financial Crisis on Conventional and Islamic Banks of the GCC. International Journal of Finance and Economics, 24(3), 1225-1237.
  • Ghecham, M. A., & Hamada, N. (2018). The role of informal institutions in explaining student’s academic engagement. The case of Al Ain University of Science and technology. Journal of International Education in Business, 11(2), 178-194.
  • Ghecham, M. A. (2018). The impact of public spending on real exchange rate dynamics. Global Business and Economics Review, 20(3), 308-326.
  • Ghecham. M.A. (2017). The Impact of Informal Sector on Income Distribution: Could Concentration of Income be Explained by the Size of Informal Sector?. International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, 7(1), 594-600. 
  • Ghecham, M.A. (2015). The impact of trade liberalization on real exchange rate: Could trade openness bring economic diversification in Algeria. International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies, 8(3), 262-279.
  • Ghecham, M.A. (2010). How the interaction between Formal and Informal Institutional constraints determines the investment growth of firms in Egypt. Journal of African Business, 11(2), 163-181.
  • Ghecham, M.A. (2008). Insider and Outsider hypothesis revisited: the case of the Tunisian Business Environment. The Business Review, 10(2).
  • Jones, O., Thorp, R., Macpherson, A., & Ghecham, M.A.(2007). The evolution of business knowledge in SMEs: conceptualising strategic space. Strategic Change Journal, 16(6), 281-294.



Teaching Courses

Experience in teaching the following courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level:

Macroeconomics; Microeconomics; Managerial Economics; International Business Management; International Financial Management; Scientific Research Methodology; 


Higher Education Academy (UK)- Fellow 


The impact of global financial crisis on conventional and Islamic banks in the GCC countries

Published in: International journal of Finance and Economics

Oct 18, 2018

/ Mahieddine Ghecham

Using large dataset from audited financial statements of 81 banks in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, this article aims at assessing the performance of Islamic banks and conventional banks during the 2008 financial crisis. Unlike major studies that explored this area of study in the GCC countries, this paper investigates the performance of both types of banks before, during, and after the 2008 financial crisis, while covering four different financial performance measures, namely, efficiency, profitability, liquidity, and solvency. Moreover, this investigation is undertaken while covering a larger time span (2006–2012) than perhaps all similar works that covered similar study on the GCC region. With the use of mixed‐effect linear regression, the paper shows that, compared with Islamic banks, conventional banks have sustained a better performance over the 2006–2012 period in relation to efficiency and return on assets. In this context, the paper puts a note on the shortcomings of the institutional arrangement of the Islamic banks that impeded their performance during the crisis as well as on the active role of GCC governments during the financial crash.


The impact of public expenditures on real exchange rate dynamics in Algeria

Published in: Global Business and Economics Review

May 15, 2018

/ Mahieddine Ghecham

The objective of this study is to examine the role of government spending in economic diversification process of Algeria. This is achieved by investigating the impact of the government spending on the real exchange rate. This follows on works done on the topic of Dutch disease. The outcome of this study shows that although the relationship oscillates over time, the increase of the government spending leads to the depreciation of the RER. The findings underpin interesting implications with regards to the role of public finance management in the diversification of the economy of Algeria.