Ishac Diwan - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Ishac Diwan

Research Fellows

Chair Arab World, Paris Sciences et Lettres, visiting researcher at the Paris School of Economics


Areas of Interest:

  • Political Economy of the Middle East
  • Development and Growth in Africa
  • Financial Flows and Trade – domestic and global issues

Education:

  • M.Sc. and PhD., Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1979-1984.
  • B.Sc., Economics, University of Montreal, 1979. 

Experience:

  • Chair Arab World, Paris Sciences et Lettres, visiting researcher at the Paris School of Economics, 2015 -present
  • Director for Africa and the Middle East, Center for International Development, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Harvard University, 2011-2014
  • Country Director, Ethiopia and Sudan (2002-2007), Ghana, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, World Bank, 2007-2011
  • Manager Economic Policy for Poverty Reduction, World Bank Institute, 1996-2002

Latest Publications:

·       Middle East Economies in Transition. Editors, Ishac Diwan and Ahmad Galal. International Economic Association Series under the direction of Joseph Stiglitz. Palgrave, 2016.

·       A Political Economy of the Middle East, Melani Cammett, Ishac Diwan, Alan Richards, and John Waterbury. Fourth Edition, Westview Press, 2015

·       After The Arab Spring: Political and Economic Transformations in the Arab World.  Editor. World Scientific. 2014.

·       Crony Capitalism in Egypt. Journal of Globalization and Development (2015). With Hamouda Chekir

Working Papers

Private Banking and Crony Capitalism in Egypt

In Egypt, the bulk of bank loans during 2003-2010 went to politically connected firms. At ... read more


Working Papers

Do Political Connections Reduce Job Creation? Evidence from Lebanon

Using firm-level census data, we determine how politically-connected firms (PCFs) reduce job creation in Lebanon. ... read more


Policy Briefs

Low Social and Political Returns to Education in the Arab World

In a nutshell Arab societies urgently need to start looking at how to improve education systems, ... read more



Working Papers

Patterns of Veiling Among Muslim Women

This paper exploits a unique source of data, the Gallup World Poll, and is the ... read more


EVENTS

Annual Conferences
Economic Develo...

The political upheavals which swept ERF’s region ... read more

Training
Writing Effecti...

ERF organized a two-day workshop on writing ... read more

Workshops/Seminars
The Pulse of th...

Three years into the transition following the ... read more

Training
Training Worksh...

ERF held a three-day training workshop, from May ... read more