Elias Khalil

Elias L. Khalil is Professor of Economics at the School of Public Administration and Development Economics, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (Doha, Qatar).  Khalil received his Ph.D. (1990) from the New School for Social Research (New York, USA). He held teaching positions at Monash University (Victoria, Australia), Vassar College (New York, USA), and Ohio State University at Mansfield (Ohio, USA). He was a Humboldt Fellow, a visiting researcher at Cambridge University's Judge Institute, the University of Chicago's Department of Economics, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Economic Systems (Jena, Germany), and Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (Klosterneuburg, Austria).  His research areas are behavioral economics and political economy.  He focuses on nexus of three pillars of decision making, namely, rationality, emotions, and morality.  Khalil's papers appeared in journals such as Economic Inquiry, Biology and Philosophy, Biological Theory, Theory and Decision, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, International Negotiation, Theoria, Philosophy, Economic Modelling, Economics Letters, Critical Horizons, and Economics and Philosophy.


PhD and Masters, economics: New School for Social Research, New York, New York, USA.

BA, economics: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.


English, Arabic

Research Interests:

Political Economy, Behavioral Economics, Ethics and Economics.

Selected Research Projects:

May-July 2019, Visiting Scholar, Liberty Fund: “Adam Smith, Rationality, and Fellow-Feelings”
June 2018, Visiting Scholar, University of Lyon: “Naturalizing the Sacred”

Teaching interests:

Political Economy, Behavioral Economics, History of Economic Thought.

Taught courses:

Welfare Economics, Behavioral Economics, History of Economic Thought, Intermediate Microeconomics, Comparative Economic Theory

Most Recent Journal Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

  1. Khalil, Elias L. "Is the Adulation of the Rich-and-Powerful Derived from Benevolence? Adam Smith and the Tale of Two Fellow-Feelings."  Critical Horizons: A Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory, 2020, forthcoming.

  2. Khalil, Elias L. "Wellbeing and Happiness." Journal of Value Inquiry, 2020, forthcoming. Online First, 6 December 2018, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10790-018-9678-1.

  3. Khalil, Elias L. "The Isomorphism Hypothesis: The Prisoners' Dilemma as Intertemporal Allocation, and vice versa." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2020, forthcoming.  Online First, 16 November 2018, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2018.10.020.

  4. Khalil, Elias L. and Nick Feltovich. "Moral Licensing, Instrumental Apology and Insincerity Aversion: Taking Immanuel Kant to the Lab."  PLoS One, 13, 11, e0206878. 8 Nov. 2018, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0206878.

  5. Khalil, Elias L. and Alain Marciano "A Theory of Tasteful and Distasteful Transactions."  Kyklos, February 2018, 71:1, pp. 110–131. (https://doi.org/10.1111/kykl.12164)

  6. Khalil, Elias L. "Exploitation and Efficiency."  Review of Black Political Economy, 2017, 44:3, pp. 363-377. (https://doi.org/10.1007/s12114-017-9263-z; https://goo.gl/thQMcP)

  7. Khalil, Elias L. "Making Sense of Self-Deception: Distinguishing Self-Deception from Delusion, Moral Licensing, Cognitive Dissonance and Other Self-Distortions."  Philosophy, October 2017, 92:362, pp. 539-563. (https://doi.org/10.1017/S003181911700033X).

  8. Khalil, Elias L. "Socialized View of Man vs. Rational Choice Theory: What Does Smith's Sympathy Have to Say?" Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, November 2017, 143, pp. 223-240. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2017.09.003).

  9. Khalil, Elias L. "Distinguishing Injustice, Exploitation and Harm: The Impossibility Result."  Theoria: Journal of Social and Political Theory, September 2017, 64:3 (Issue 152), pp. 24-52.

Khalil, Elias L. and Kevin Wu.  "Explicit vs Implicit Proprietorship: Can Endowment Effect Theory Explain Exchange Asymmetry?"  Economics Letters, 2017, 154, pp. 117–119. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2017.02.023)

Email: elias.khalil@dohainstitute.edu.qa

Tel: +974 40356842

Mail Address

Elias Khalil

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

School of Public Administration and Development Economics

PO Box 200592

Doha, Qatar