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.
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

Working Papers

Does Exchange Rate Undervalualtion Matter for Exports and Trade Margins? Evidence From Firm-Level Data

Exploiting a new dataset available for four countries (Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and Yemen), this paper ... read more

Policy Research Reports

Oil, Economic Diversification, and Development in the Arab World

This report aims at providing ERF with a sound basis for selecting and designing a ... read more

Working Papers

Democracy, Democratic Consolidation and Military Spending

We introduce two considerations into the debate about democracy and military spending. First, greater government ... read more

Working Papers

Bank’s Capital Buffers and Business Cycle: Evidence from GCC Countries, 2004-2011

This paper empirically investigates the relationship between the capital buffers maintained by banks and the ... read more

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