Chahir Zaki - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Chahir Zaki

Research Fellows

Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the French section, Cairo University

Areas of Interest:

  • Trade Policy
  • International Economics
  • Inequality and Poverty Reduction
  • Computable General Equilibrium Models
  • Trade Facilitation
  • Gravity Models


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and Paris School of Economics, 2010
  • M.A (DEA), International Economics University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, with high distinction, 2006
  • BA, Economics, Cairo University, 2005


  • Senior Economist at the Economic Research Forum
  • Associate professor, Economics Department, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, 2016-Present
  • Director of the French Section, Faculty of Economics and Political Science,
    Cairo University, 2016-Present
  • Senior Economist (part time), Economic Research Forum, 2017-Present
  • Economic Advisor to the Minister of Planning, Monitoring and
    Administrative Reforms, 2017-Present

Latest Publications:

  • Karam, F and Zaki, C. (2018) “Why Can’t MENA Countries Trade More? The Curse of Bad Institutions”, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance.
  • Ramzy, M. and Zaki, C. “Do Environment Regulations Matter for EU-MENA Trade?” Applied Economics.
  • Helmy, O. and Zaki, C. (2017) “On the Nexus between Internal and External Macroeconomic Imbalances: Evidence from Egypt”, Middle East Development Journal. vol. 9 issue 2, pages 198-232
  • Karam, F and Zaki, C. (2016) “How Did Wars Dampen Trade in the MENA Region?”, Applied Economics, vol. 48 no. 60, pages 5909-5930.
  • Zaki, C. (2017) “On the Determinants of Structural Imbalances in Egypt”, Egypte Monde
    Arabe (forthcoming)
Working Papers

Firm Productivity and Agglomeration Economies: Evidence from Egyptian Data

This paper attempts to shed light on the nexus between firm productivity and economies of ... read more

Working Papers

Trade Policy and Input Liberalization: The Effect on Egyptian Firms’ Productivity

This paper explores the link between trade liberalization and firms’ performance in Egypt combining macro ... read more

Working Papers

Sovereign Wealth Funds, Cross-Border Investment Bias and Institutions: The Case of Arab Countries

SWF surpassed US$ 5.5 trillion in assets in 2014, growing nine-fold since 2002. Typically, SWFs ... read more

Policy Briefs

Politics Affect Exports in Egypt

In a nutshell Investment-related regulations are a major determinant of the firm’s decision to expand its ... read more

Working Papers

Why Don’t MENA Countries Trade More? The Curse of Bad Institutions

This paper explores the relation between institutions and trade in the Middle East and North ... read more


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