July 2018 - Economic Research Forum (ERF)


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How the Middle East can escape the middle-income trap

July 31, 2018

By Ferid Belhaj and Rabah Arezki The Middle East and North Africa urgently needs a new social


Technical and vocational education in Egypt: the missing link

July 31, 2018

By Fatma El-Hamidi Recent notable developments in Egypt’s educational system include an agreement between the government and


Upcoming Workshop: Advanced Panel Data Techniques Applied to Economic Modelling

July 30, 2018

ERF is pleased to announce the opportunity for some 20 participants from the ERF region

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A Macroeconomic Framework for Growth under the New Normal: Lessons from Latin America

July 25, 2018

This Blog is written by Aalaa Halaka   “Six months ago, I warned about the

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A moonshot for MENA: laying the groundwork for a modern digital economy

July 24, 2018

Rabah Arzeki is the Chief Economist for Middle East and North Africa Region at the

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A partnership between government, civil society and the private sectors for MENA development

July 24, 2018

Hadi Salehi Esfahani from the University of Illinois presented in the third and closing panel

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Tackling domestic issues to ensure economic development in MENA

July 24, 2018

Mustapha Nabli (North Africa Bureau of Economic Studies International) took the floor in the third


A new macroeconomic framework under the new normal

July 24, 2018

H.E. Rania Al-Mashat is the current Minister of Tourism in Egypt and she has an


The importance of institutions for the New Normal

July 24, 2018

The second plenary session at the ERF 24th Annual


Industrial Policy for Sustainable Growth in MENA: Lessons learned from the Asian Experience

July 24, 2018

Understanding the Asian economic growth miracle has been -and continues to be- a topic of

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Asset inequality in Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan and Tunisia

July 24, 2018

By  Vladimir Hlasny and Shireen Al Azzawi Measures of income or consumption alone provide an inadequate


The bargaining power of disabled wives: evidence from Iraq

July 24, 2018

By Eleftherios Giovanis and Oznur Ozdamar The rate of labour force participation of women in MENA countries


Financial systems in MENA: time to embrace digital technologies

July 17, 2018

By Mahmoud-Sami Nabi The growing use of digital technologies in financial services provision holds promise for


Optimal asset allocation for sovereign wealth funds

July 17, 2018

By Khouzeima Moutanabbir and Diaa Noureldin How should oil-based sovereign wealth funds allocate their investment across

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3rd Workshop of the Research Initiative on the Economics of the Middle East – 5-6 November, 2018

July 10, 2018

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on different aspects of