Dr Sami Bensassi

Dr Sami Bensassi

Department of Management
Reader in Managerial Economics

After completing a PhD in Economics (University of Paris Nanterre, France), Sami Bensassi joined the University Jaume I (Spain) in 2009. During the period he passed in Spain, he led a research project on the impact of maritime trade on the Mediterranean countries for the Center for Research on the Mediterranean Economies (CREMED). In 2012, Sami started lecturing at the University of Portsmouth. He won an award for his research on the Barcelona process and on modern maritime piracy. Sami joined Birmingham Business School in January 2013. 

Dr Sami Bensassi is also a part of the Birmingham Plastics Network, an interdisciplinary team of more than 40 academics working together to shape the fate and sustainable future of plastics.  This unique team brings together chemists, environmental scientists, engineers, philosophers, linguists, economists, artists, writers, lawyers, and experts in many other fields, to holistically address the global plastics problem.


Université Toulouse I; B.A in Economics

Université Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris I); M.A – Development Economics, International Trade

Université Paris X Nanterre; PhD, Economics – thesis: “The development nd the organization of the logistic sector: A neo-institutional analysis.”


Sami has taught International Business, Development Economics and International Trade.


  • International Trade and International Security,
  • Smuggling/Informal trade,
  • Institutions and Development
  • Return Migration 


"Regional integration and informal trade in Africa: evidence from Benin's borders", with Cristina Mitaritona and Joachim Jarreau, Journal of African Economics, July 2018

“The Normality of Informality: Estimating Informal Trade Between Mali & Algeria”with Anne Borckmeyer, Matthieu Pellerin and Gael Raballand, Middle East Development Journal , July 2017

A storm in a teacup: Hurricanes and sugar prices in the first half of the 19th century”, with Preeya Mohan and Eric Strobl, Weather, Climate and Society, October 2017

Bensassi S, Stroeve JC, Martínez-Zarzoso I, Barrett AP. 2016. Melting ice, growing trade?. Elem Sci Anth 4: 000107. doi: 10.12952/journal.elementa.000107 

“Informal Trade in Tunisia, Revenue loss for the state and/or lifeline for peripheral regions?” with Lotfi Ayadi, Nancy Benjamin and Gael Raballand, Policy Research Working Paper (WPS 6731), The World Bank

"An Attempt to Estimating Informal Trade Across Tunisia’s Land Borders", with Articulo - with Lotfi Ayadi, Nancy Benjamin and Gael Raballand, Journal of Urban Research [Online], 10 | 2014, 

“The Effect of Maritime Transport Costs on the Extensive and Intensive Margins of Euro-Asian Sectoral Trade” with Celestino Suarez-Burguet and Inmaculada Martinez-Zarzoso, Maritime Economics and Logistics. February 2014. F10, F60

“The Price of Modern Maritime Piracy” with Inmaculada Martinez-Zarzoso, Defense and Peace Economics, February 2013. F10, F51

“How Costly is Modern Maritime Piracy for the International Community? with Inmaculada Martinez-Zarzoso, Review of International Economics, November 2012. F10, F51

“From Regional to Intercontinental Trade: The Successive European Trade Empires from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century in Asia”, History Research, June 2012.

“Economic Integration and The Two Margins of Trade: An Application to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreements”, with Laura Marquez-Ramos and Inmaculada Martinez-Zarzoso , Journal of African Economies, November 2011. F10, F14

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