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Nesma Ali

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Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf


Nesma Ali is a Post-Doc Researcher at the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics in Germany (DICE, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf). Her current work focuses on combining industrial organization’s theories and empirics with development economics. Her research interests and publications include firm’s productivity, competitiveness, political connections and merger & acquisitions’ effects in developing countries, combined with informal sector and small firms’ entrepreneurship. Her teaching experience includes applied econometrics and empirical competition economics for bachelor and masters’ level students. She is also a research fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (University of Minnesota) in the framework of a project on economic vulnerability in the Arab world.
Nesma received her PhD degree in economics from Paris-Est University. She holds a master’s degree in development economics from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University and a joint bachelor’s degree in economics from Cairo University & Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University.
Nesma has served as a Project Research Assistant at CEPREMAP in Paris (Centre pour la Recherche Économique et ses Applications). She also worked as project coordinator with Davis University of California on a socio-economic experiment in Burkina Faso. She has also participated in multiple international conferences around the world to present her contributions (American Economic Association meeting, The Rimini Conference in Economics and Finance, INFER annual conference, DIAL Development Conference, etc.).

Working Papers

Cronyism, firms’ Productivity and Informal Competition in Egypt

This paper investigates the role of informal firms’ competition in determining the micro-level effect of ... read more


Working Papers

Informal Competition, Firms’ Productivity and Policy Reforms in Egypt

This paper investigates the effect of the competition stemmed from informal firms on formal firms’ ... read more


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