Experienced researcher with a background in macroeconomics. Most recently, I worked as a Research Analyst doing machine learning for crisis prediction at the IMF.

As an ex-national basketball player, I’m interested in how successful sports dynasties are built. Specifically, I explore the role of coaching, player development, and roster distributions in shaping sustained success.


  1. Quantifying the Contribution of NBA Coaches Using Fixed Effects

  2. Coaching can make or break a team

  3. Expanding Trade Across the Maghreb

  4. Counting The Cost: How Much Is Lebanon’s Economy Being Hurt By Syria’s Crisis


  1. R.Al-Amine, T.Willems: Investor Sentiment, Sovereign Debt Mispricing, and Economic Outcomes; IMF Working Paper (2020) – Currently, R&R at the Economic Journal.

  2. R.Al-Amine, M.Griffiths, P.De Imus, K.Ismail, R.Tchaidze, G.Ramirez Macroeconomic Policy Challenges in Conflict and Post-Conflict Countries: Experience and Lessons from the Middle East, Book Chapter

  3. R.Al-Amine, A.Auclair, Y.Cai, J.Dauphin, A.Kireyev, B.Nandwa, L.Ocampos, B.Sarr Economic Integration in the Maghreb, IMF Policy Paper, 2019


  1. HelpLebanon Carrd

A landing page for donation and relief initiatives in sortable, actionable format. This site has received more than 2.5 million visitors, and estimated to generate between $2 to $10 Million in the days following the August 4th explosion.

  1. Live NBA Coach Metrics

A live website for estimates on coaching contribution above roster characteristics in the NBA.