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 professor at SIPA, Columbia University, 2017-present
  • 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:

  • Preference for Democracy in the Arab world. With Mohamed Al-Ississ. 2016. Politics and Governance 4 (4), 16-26
  • The Changing Values of Arab Youth. Chapter 2 of the UNDP Arab Human Development Report, 2016
  • Who are the Democrats? Leading Opinions in the Wake of Egypt’s 2011 Popular Uprisings. In Sayre, E. A. and Youssef, T. M. eds., 2016. Young generation awakening: Economics, society, and policy on the eve of the Arab Spring. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Fiscal Policy and Crony Capitalism. With Melani Cammett. In Middle East Economies in Transition. Editor, Ishac Diwan and Ahmad Galal. International Economic Association Series. Palgrave, 2016.
  • Regional and Global Integration of Arab Countries. With El Mouhoub Mouhoud. In Middle East Economies in Transition. Editor, Ishac Diwan and Ahmad Galal. International Economic Association Series. Palgrave, 2016.
  • Middle East Economies in Transition. Editors, Ishac Diwan and Ahmad Galal. International Economic Association Series under the direction of Joseph Stiglitz. Palgrave, 2016.

 

 

Policy Perspectives

Economic Values in the Arab World Favor Capitalism

In a nutshell There are many economic values that predispose citizens of Arab countries to be ... read more


Working Papers

Does Education Indoctrinate? The Effect of Education on Political Preferences In Democracies and Autocracies

Using World Value Survey and European Value Study data spanning 96 countries and over 300,000 ... 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

Debunking Myth: Economic Values in the Arab World Through the Prism of Opinion Polls

Using World Value Survey opinion poll data, we empirically characterize the economic values and norms ... 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