Dr. Manal Shehabi is the KFAS Supernumerary Research Fellow of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Prior to that, she was a researcher at the University of Western Australia, where she also taught introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in economics, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the OIES since 2016.
Dr. Shehabi’s research addresses economies of resource-rich countries focusing on the Middle East and the Gulf states, applied macroeconomics, energy, economy-wide modeling, political economy of energy and economic reform. Her most recent research focused on petrostates’ economic policy and performance, focusing on post-Gulf War Kuwait. Using economy-wide modeling with oligopoly and political economic analyses, her research made important contributions to the analysis of economic adjustment and policy alternatives in the face of the recent declines in petroleum prices. This research spans energy economics, economy-wide modeling, labor policies, and energy subsidy reform. Her other research interests include renewables, global transfer pricing and tax, gender, and imperfect competition.
In addition to her research experience, Dr. Shehabi has expertise in energy and mining multinationals’ transfer pricing, gained in the US and Australia while working as an economist consulting for a Big Four professional services firm and for a taxation firm, and as the in-house expert for a multinational mining and oil services company. She advised multinationals, including Fortune 500 companies, in energy, mining, and other industries on global transfer pricing arrangements, audit defenses, and modeling for services costs allocation mechanisms and valuation of intangible property. Prior to that, she successfully launched and managed a business public policy project, researched investments in the oil industry in West Asia at the UNCTAD, and examined political and economic development in Iran.
Dr. Shehabi holds a PhD in economics from the University of Western Australia; an MIA-Economics from Texas A&M University; a B.A. (Honors) magna cum laude from Ursinus College where she was Queen Noor-Ursinus College Scholar; and diplomas from Harvard Business School Publishing and France’s Université Marc Bloch. A polyglot, her language capabilities include Arabic, English, French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.
From mid-2014 Kuwait has experienced a substantial drop in its oil export price and, consequently, government revenue, causing a severe fiscal deficit and impaired economic performance. Cutting energy subsidies has become a policy priority. In the face of widespread opposition, the government raised gasoline prices in August 2016, proclaiming such reform key to solving its […]