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.

 

 


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


Working Papers

The Effect of Patriarchal Culture on Women’s Labor Force Participation

We show that measures of patriarchal culture are correlated with female labor force participation (FLFP) ... read more


Working Papers

Diaspora Networks as a Bridge between Civilizations

This paper explores the effect of international migration on the so-called clash of civilizations. Exploiting ... read more


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


EVENTS

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Economic Develo...

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

Training
Writing Effecti...

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The Pulse of th...

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

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Training Worksh...

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