Dr. Usamah F. Al Farhan

Title:Assistant Professor
Room #:1008
Ext. #:1850


Fields of Interest:

Labor Economics, Applied Microeconomics


Ph.D. Economics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock/TX, 2010
Dr. Alfarhan’s current main areas of research interest are earnings differentials, inequality and discrimination, migration and GCC labor market policies. He has worked for government agencies, such as the Jordan Securities Commission on international trade agreements in financial services, as well as international organizations including his post as macro-fiscal economist at the Fiscal Reform Project in Amman, funded by the United States Agency for International Development. Dr. Alfarhan is also the current scientific coordinator of the economic module at the Gulf Labour Markets and Migration Programme ( Since joining SQU, he has been teaching labor market economics, mathematical economics and microeconomics.

Selected Publications:

  • Alfarhan, U. and Al-Busaidi, S. (2018). A “Catch-22”: Self-inflicted Failure of GCC Nationalization Policies”. International Journal of Manpower,
  • Alfarhan, U. and Al-Busaidi, S. (2018). Migrant Earnings Gaps in the GCC: Perceptions or Opportunity Costs? International Labour Review, https://doi:10.1111/ilr.12076.
  • Alfarhan, U. and Dauletova, V. (2017). Revisiting the Gender Academic Achievement Gap: Evidence from a Unique Environment. Gender and Education, https://doi:10.1080/09540253.2017.1324129.
  • Alfarhan, U. (2015). Gender Discrimination in Jordan: Good Intentions are not Enough. International Labour Review, Vol. 154, No. 4, pp. 563-580.
  • Alfarhan, U. (2015). The Public Earnings Premium in a Mineral Rich Economy: New Piece in the Puzzle, Journal of Economic and Financial Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 12-27.