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Mohammad Abu-Zaineh

Professor of Economics.
Coordinator of the AHEAD Research Network.

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Mohammad Abu-Zaineh is the founder and coordinator of the AHEAD research Network. He is a Professor of Economics at Aix-Marseille University (AMU). He is also a research fellow at Aix-Marseille School of Economics (AMSE). Prior to this, he was a research fellow at INSERM-SESSTIM, France, holding the INSERM-AMU Chair of Excellence in Health Economics and Policy (2013-2018). He was the Laureate of the SANTEMED project financed by the University Foundation A*Midex; the HEALTHCOV project financed by Campus France and the ANR funded project “Les Suds, Aujourd’hui II” Tackling Inequalities in Health and Access to Healthcare in the Middle East and North African Countries: Challenges of Measurement and Explanation».

Pr. Abu-Zaineh has received a Ph.D. in Economics and Public Administration from Aix-Marseille University in 2008 and has obtained an authorization to direct research ("Habilitation à diriger des recherches") from the same university in 2020. His areas of expertise include research on the measurement of socio-economic inequality; the economic evaluation of public policies; microeconometrics as well as health care financing and health insurance. In addition to his active participation in several international conferences he has published in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals including: Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine, The Lancet, Health Policy and Planning, Health Policy, International Journal of Health Economics and Management, and Research on Economic Inequality.


Iqbal, M.,  Sameen, H., Abu-Zaineh, M., Mataria, A., and Siddiqi S. Decision-Making Tools for Informed Decisions by Health Policymakers and Managers. ch. 14. in Making Health Systems Work in Low and Middle Income Countries: Textbook for Public Health Practitioners. Siddiqi, S., Mataria, A., Rouleau, K. D., Iqbal, M. (eds). Cambridge University Press (2022).

Mohammad Abu-Zaineh and Sameera Awawda. Attainment of universal health coverage in the occupied Palestinian territory assessed by a general equilibrium approach: is informality an irreversible hurdle for universality?. The Lancet 399, S24

Mohammad Abu-Zaineh, Olivier Chanel, and Khaled Makhloufi. Estimating willingness to pay for public health insurance while accounting for protest responses: A further step towards universal health coverage in Tunisia?. The International Journal of Health Planning and Management, Volume 37, Issue 5: Pages 2809-2821

Abu‐Zaineh, M. and Abul Naga,  R.H.  Bread and Social Justice: Measurement of Social Welfare and Inequality Using Anthropometrics. Review of Income and Wealth (2022).

Awawda, S. Ventelou, B. & Abu-Zaineh, M. Vers une couverture sanitaire universelle au Sénégal: Quelles sont les meilleurs stratégie de financement ?. Revue Internationale des Etudes du Développement, 247, 2021-3

Zehnati, A., Bousmah, M.-a.-Q., & Abu-Zaineh, M. (2021) Public-private differentials in health care delivery: the case of cesarean deliveries in Algeria.

International Journal of Health Economics and Management (2021)

Shelabya A., Abdul Rahim H., Abul Naga R., Awawda S., Mataria A., Abu-Zaineh M., Farag M. and Kaddar M Covid-19: Public policy responses and health consequences in the Arab region. Hikama, 1: 141-156.

Abu-Zaineh, M., Awawda, S. & Ventelou, B. (2020) Who bears the burden of Universal Health Coverage? An assessment of alternative financing policies using an overlapping-generations general equilibrium model. Health Policy and Planning, 35(7): 867–877.

Awawda, S.; Abu-Zaineh, M. and Ventelou, B. (2019) The quest to expand the coverage of public health insurance in the occupied Palestinian territory: An assessment of feasibility and sustainability using a simulation modelling framework. The Lancet, 393, Special Issue, S17, March 01, 2019

Awawda, Sameera, and Mohammad Abu-Zaineh An Operationalizing Theoretical Framework for the Analysis of Universal Health Coverage Reforms: First Test on an Archetype Developing Economy. 2019. AMSE working paper

Bousmah, M.-a.-Q., Combes, J.-B.S., & Abu-Zaineh, M. (2019) Health differentials between citizens and immigrants in Europe: A heterogeneous convergence. Health Policy, doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2018.12.005.

Abu-Zaineh, M & Abul Naga R. H. (2018). Measurement of health inequality using welfare decreasing variables. AHEAD WORKING PAPERS SERIES N° 01/2018

Abu-Zaineh, M. Woode, E.M and  Giacaman, R. (2018). Youth wellbeing through the lens of the Senian capability approach: Insights from the occupied Palestinian territory. The Lancet, Volume 391, Issue Supplement 2, pp. S53, 2018

Abu-Zaineh, M., Woode, M. E., & Bousmah M-a-Q. (2018). The importance of health for income inequality in the occupied Palestinian territory: A decomposition analysis. The Lancet, Volume 391, Special Issue, S23, 21 February 2018.

Abu-Zaineh, M., Chanel, O. & Makhloufi, K. (2017) Accounting for protest attitudes in WTP for universal health coverage: Evidence from a contingent valuation study in Tunisia.. AHEAD WORKING PAPERS SERIES N° 03/2017.

Abu-Zaineh, M. and Woode, M. E. (2018). Investigating the Dimensions of Youth Wellbeing: An Exploratory Structural Equation Modelling Approach Applied to Palestine. Child Indicators Research, 2018, 11( 1): 57–78

Chanel, O., Makhloufi, K. & Abu-Zaineh, M (2016) Can a Circular Payment Card Format Effectively Elicit Preferences? Evidence from a Survey on a Mandatory Health Insurance Scheme in Tunisia. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy

Woode, M. E., Abu-Zaineh, M., Perriens, J., Renaud, F., Wiktor, S. & Moatti, J-P (2016) Potential Market Size and Impact of Hepatitis C Treatment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.  Journal of Viral Hepatitis, 23(7): 522-534.

Bousmah, M.-a.-Q., Ventelou, B. & Abu-Zaineh, M. (2016) Medicine and democracy: The importance of institutional quality in the relationship between health expenditure and health outcomes in the MENA region. Health Policy, 120(8): 929-935.

Arrighi Y., Abu-Zaineh M., & Ventelou B. (2015) To count or not to count deaths: Reranking effects in health distribution evaluation. Health Economics, 24 (2) : 193-205.

Makhloufi K., Ventelou, B., & Abu-Zaineh, M. (2015) Have health insurance reforms in Tunisia attained their intended objective?. International Journal of Health Economics and Management, 15(1), 29-51.

Abu-Zaineh, M., & Abul Naga, R. H. (2014) Wealth, Health, and the Measurement of Multidimensional Inequality: Evidence from the Middle East and North Africa. In Pedro Rosa Dias , Owen O’Donnell (ed.) Health and Inequality, Research on Economic Inequality, 21, 421-39.

Abu-Zaineh M., Arfa C., Ventelou B., Ben Romdhane H. & Moatti JP. (2014) Fairness in healthcare finance and delivery: what about Tunisia?. Health Policy and Planning29 (4):433-442.

Kankeu H.T., Boyer S. Fodjo R.T. & Abu-Zaineh M. (2014) How do supply-side factors influence informal payments for health care: The case of HIV-patients in Cameroon.. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, DOI: 10.1002/hpm.2266

Abu-Zaineh M., Ben Romdhane H., Ventelou B., Moatti J-P. & Arfa C. (2013) Appraising financial protection in health: the case of Tunisia. International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, 13(1):73-93.

Abu-Zaineh M., Mataria A., Moatti J-P & Ventelou B. (2011) Measuring and decomposing socioeconomic inequality in health care delivery: A Micro-simulation approach with application to the Palestinian conflict-affected fragile setting. Social Science and Medicine, 72 (2), 133-141.

Boyer S., Abu-Zaineh M., Blanche J., Loubière S., Bonono R-C., Moatti J-P, & Ventelou B. (2011) Does HIV-services decentralization protect against the risk of catastrophic health expenditures? Some lessons from Cameroon. . Health Services Research, 46 (6.2), 2029-56.

Mataria A., Raad F., Abu-Zaineh M., & Donaldson C. (2010) Catastrophic healthcare payments and impoverishment in the occupied Palestinian territory. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 8 (6), 393-405.

Abu-Zaineh M., Mataria A., Luchini S., & Moatti J-P.(2009) Equity in health care finance in Palestine: the triple effects revealed . Journal of Health Economics, 28 (6), 1071-80.

Abu-Zaineh M., Mataria A., Luchini S., & Moatti J-P. (2008) Equity in health care financing: the value-added of the disaggregate approach . Social Science and Medicine, 66(11), 2308-20.

Abu-Zaineh, Mohammad (2013) Gender-Based Analysis of Public Health Sector Services: A Beneficiary-Based Study. MIFTAH publication (2013): The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy