I am an economist at University College London – Institute of Education. I am mainly interested in economic and social policy with a particular emphasis on the economics of education, educational inequalities, economic development and quantitative methods. I hold a PhD in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Aix Marseille (France), and an MA in Political Economy from the Saint Joseph University (Lebanon). My research spans a number of areas: The analyses of educational inequalities in developed OECD countries and in North Africa, the assessment of educational performances and policy, and the development of quantitative methods. In addition to my research activities, I have taught on several courses, supervised postgraduate and PhD students and provided consultancy services to national and international organizations. tarek