Chahir Zaki - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Chahir Zaki

Research Fellows

Associate Professor, Economics Department, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, 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


  • 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:

  • Zaki, C. (2017) “On the Determinants of Structural Imbalances in Egypt”, Egypte Monde
    Arabe (forthcoming)
  • Helmy, O. and Zaki, C. (2017) “On the Nexus between Internal and External
    Macroeconomic Imbalances: Evidence from Egypt”, Middle East Development Journal
  • Zaki, C. (2017) “Making International Trade Easier: A Survey of the Trade Facilitation
    Effects”, Review of Economics and Political Science, vol. 2 issue 2, pages 25-55.
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

Working Papers

Revisiting the Impact of Trade Openness on Informal and Irregular Employment in Egypt

This paper examines the impact of trade openness on job quality through the evolution of ... read more

Working Papers

Export Concentration and Competition: Does the Firms Type Matter?

Trade liberalization enhances the competition in the market as it increases the quality and the ... read more


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