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


  • 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
  • Director of the Masters of Economic Development-Cairo, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Cairo University, 2018 – present

Latest Publications:

  • Badr, K., Rizk, R. and Zaki, C. (2019) “Firm Productivity and Agglomeration Economies: Evidence from Egyptian Data”, Applied Economics (forthcoming)
  • Kamal, Y. and Zaki, C. (2018) “How Do Technical Barriers to Trade Affect Egypt’s Trade Margins”, Journal of Economic Integration, vol 33 issue 4, pages 659-721
  • Selwaness, I. and Zaki, C. (2018) “On the Interaction between Exports and Labor Market Regulations: Evidence from the MENA Countries”, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance (forthcoming)
  • Karam, F and Zaki, C. (2018) “Why Can’t MENA Countries Trade More? The Curse of Bad Institutions”, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance (forthcoming)
  • Ramzy, M. and Zaki, C. (2018) “Do Environment Regulations Matter for EU-MENA Trade?” Applied Economics, vol. 50 issue 39, pages 4197-4221
  • Zaki, C. (2017) “ An Overview of Structural Imbalances in Egypt”, Egypte Monde Arabe, « L’État égyptien en quête de stabilité » vol. 16 issue 3, pages 99-124
Working Papers

Between Stabilization and Allocation in the MENA Region: Are Competition Laws Helping?

In the 1990s, many MENA countries relied on adjustment and stabilization programs offered by international ... read more

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

Working Papers

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

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


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