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

A Decade of Competition Policy in Arab Countries: A De jure and De facto Assessment

Despite its several benefits, competition policy seems to lack the attention it deserves in terms ... read more

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A New Dawn for MENA Firms: Service Trade Liberalization for More Competitive Exports

With the ongoing debates on the Doha Agenda, micro-level empirical evidence has emerged to highlight ... read more

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Global Value Chains and Business Environment: Which Factors Do Really Matter?

This study attempts to assess the effect of business environment on the possibility of a ... read more

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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

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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


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