Dr. Amel Ben Abdesslem

Dr. Amel Ben Abdesslem (no photo)

Assistant Professor

Accounting, Economics and Finance, College of Business, Innovation, Leadership and Technology, School of Business

Academic Credentials

Ph.D., Economics, University of Bordeaux


Dr. Amel has been a faculty member at Marymount University since 2017. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Bordeaux (France). She also holds a B.S. in Economics and two master’s degrees in International Economics and Finance.

Her main research interests are focused on industrial policy, cluster policy, economic growth, innovation and monetary unions. She has manipulated large datasets and has published in peer-reviewed journals. For instance, she used quantitative skills to analyze the selection process of a cluster policy through a logit model, and to capture its impact on firms’ performance in the optic/photonic industry by combining a propensity score matching procedure and a differences-in-differences estimation. This work was published in 2019 in the peer-reviewed journal Regional Studies and was supported by a public grant overseen by the French National Research Agency. Dr. Amel collaborates with the University of Bordeaux on research projects related to competitiveness.

Dr. Amel has been teaching economics at several institutions since 2009. She has received a Turnitin Global Innovation Award in 2018 for her efforts to address academic integrity issues, and she offers her economic expertise to the ifo Center for Macroeconomics and Surveys. She speaks four languages and has lived in France, England and Scotland before settling in the DC area. 

Other Information

Teaching Area

  • International Economics
  • Money and Banking
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics

Research Interests

  • Industrial Policy
  •  Competitiveness Policy
  • Industrial Clusters
  • Innovation
  • Monetary Unions
  • European Economies
  • Economics Education 


  • Ben Abdesslem, A., & Kauffmann, P. (2014). European growth: a crisis exit strategy. Economic analysis, 47(3-4), 3-19. Ben Abdesslem, A., & Chiappini, R. (2019).
  • Cluster policy and firm performance: a case study of the French optic/photonic industry. Regional Studies, 53(5), 692-705. Ben Abdesslem, A. (2019)
  • How to Turn a Check for Plagiarism Into a Teachable Moment. Faculty Focus. Ben Abdesslem, A. (2021)
  • Proper sourcing isn’t just good scholarship – It’s also essential for our democracy. EdTechReview. January.