Marwa AlFakhri

Marwa AlFakhri
Associate Policy Researcher


Ph.D. in public policy, Duke University; M.A. in economics, Duke University; M.S. in public policy and management, Carnegie Mellon University; B.A.Sc in information systems (additional major in business administration), Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar


Marwa AlFakhri (she/her) is an associate researcher at RAND and an applied microeconomist with broad research interests in the intersection of labor economics, economic demography, and public policy. She has studied family dynamics, relationships, and decisionmaking. Additional work in her research portfolio investigates economic inequality and disparities in economic outcomes in the United States, including education and immigrant assimilation, the role of noncognitive skills in intergenerational persistence in education outcomes, and racial and socioeconomic disparities in underlying health conditions predicting vulnerability to COVID-19. Her most recent work focuses on couple mortality and estimates joint and survivor life expectancy for Canadian couples. AlFakhri received her Ph.D. in public policy with a concentration in economics from Duke University. 

Selected Publications

Marwa AlFakhri and Janice Compton, The Life Expectancy of Couples in Canada, Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques, 2023

Emily E. Wiemers, Scott Abrahams, Marwa AlFakhri, V. Joseph Hotz, Robert F. Schoeni, and Judith A. Seltzer, Disparities in Vulnerability to Complications from COVID-19 Arising from Disparities in Preexisting Conditions in the United States, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 2020