Ibrahim Saif - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Ibrahim Saif

Policy Affiliates

Former Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jordan

Areas of Interest:

  • Political Economy
  • Institutional Governance
  • Labor Market Economics


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of London, UK, 2001
  • M.Sc. Economics, University of London, UK, 1988


  • Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jordan
  • Secretary General, Economic and Social Council, Jordan, Jun.2009-Present
  • Resident Scholar, Carnegie Middle East Center, Lebanon, May2008-May2009
  • Director, Center for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan, Jul.2007-Jun.2008

Latest Publications:

  • “Emerging Powers and the Middle East: Competition or Partnership in a Multi-Polar World Order?” Heinrich Boll Stiftung, Publication Series on Democracy, Volume 22, December 2010, http://www.boell.de/downloads/EmergingPowers.pdf
  • I. Saif and El-Rayyes Thoraya, ” Labour Market Performance and Migration Flows in Jordan” Occasional Paper 60, et al. “Labour Market Performance and Migration in the Mediterranean Countries Vol.3 ” , April 2010, European Commission.
  • Saif and Choquir F. “Status-Quo Camouflaged: Economic and Social Transformation in Egypt and Jordan”, Middle East Law and Governance Governance Journal, Brill Publication, May 2010.
Working Papers

Export-Led versus Import Substitution Industries: The Food Industry in Jordan

Many analysts believe that export-led policies improve technical efficiency. This is the main focus of ... read more

Working Papers

Trade Policies, Wage Level and Profitability in the Manufacturing Sector in Jordan (1976-1998)

The impact of trade liberalization on the manufacturing sector in the developing countries has long ... read more

Working Papers

Market Discipline and Deposit Insurance: Evidence from Some Middle Eastern Banks

Abstract Financial development, which involves the establishment and expansion of institutions, instruments and markets, plays an important ... read more


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