Ibrahim Elbadawi - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Ibrahim Elbadawi

Research Fellows

Managing Director, Economic Research Forum

Areas of Interest:

  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Foreign Exchange Rate Policy
  • Labor Market


  • Ph.D., Statistics and Economics, North Carolina State University, USA, 1983
  • M.Sc., Statistics, North Carolina State University, USA, 1981


  • Managing Director, Economic Research Forum (ERF), 2017-present
  • Director, Macroeconomic Research Department, Economic Policy & Research Institute, Dubai Economic Council, 2009-2016
  • Lead Economist, Development Economic Research Group (DECRG), The World Bank, 2000-2009
  • Manager, Regional Program for Enterprise Development, Africa Region, The World Bank, 2001-2004

Latest Publications:

  • Elbadawi, I., H. Esfahani and H. Kheir-El-Din (editors): “Economic Policy and Performance in the Middle East and North Africa: Essays in Honor of Heba Handoussa.” Special Issue of The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance (February, 2007): Vol. 46, Issue 5: 653-852.
  • Elbadawi, Ibrahim and Håvard Hegre (2007), “Globalization, Economic Shocks, and Armed Conflict.” Defense and Peace Economics (forthcoming).
  • Elbadawi, I., T. Mengistae, T. Temesgen and A. Zeufack (2007),” Economic Geography and Manufacturing Productivity in Africa: An Analysis of Firm Level Data,” (forthcoming) in The Journal of Developing Areas.
Working Papers

Sovereign Wealth Funds and Macroeconomic Stabilization in the Home Economy

The analysis of this paper suggests that SWFs have a robust stabilizing role against fiscal ... 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

Edited Volumes

Economic Management under Fire

FEMISE Euro-Med Report 2017. This report analyses the transition experiences of five Southern Mediterranean countries ... read more

Working Papers

Fiscal- Monetary Interdependence and Exchange Rate Regimes in Oil Dependent Arab Economies

This paper contributes to the literature on the interdependence between fiscal and monetary policies in ... read more

Edited Volumes

Understanding and Avoiding the Oil Curse in Resource-rich Arab Economies

The Economic Research Forum (ERF) is pleased to announce the publication of its new book ... read more

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