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.
FEMISE - ERF Euromed Report

Repatriation of Refugees from Arab Conflicts: Conditions, Costs and Scenarios for Reconstruction

The prospects for early re­patriation of refugees who have fled conflicts in Arab countries in ... read more

Working Papers

Growth After War in Syria

This paper addresses three questions: 1) what would have been the growth and income trajectory ... read more

Policy Briefs

Competitive Real Exchange Rates Are Good for the Poor: Evidence from Egyptian Household Surveys

In a nutshell The real exchange rate (RER) is an economy-wide relative price, closely ... read more

Working Papers

The Macroeconomics of the Gold Economy in Sudan

After the secession of South Sudan and the resultant drop in oil exports, Sudan has ... read more

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

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