Rabah Arezki - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Rabah Arezki

Research Fellows

Chief Economist for Middle East and North Africa Region, World Bank

Areas of Interest:

  • Financial Economics
  • Macroeconomic and Fiscal Policies


  • Ph.D., European University Institute, Italy, 2006
  • M.Sc., Economics and Statistics, Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE), France, 2003


  • Chief Economist for Middle East and North Africa Region, World Bank
  • Chief of the Commodities and Environment Unit, International Monetary Fund, June 2014
  • Economist, International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C., 2006-June 2014.
  • Research Assistant, European University Institute in Florence, 2006.
  • Summer Internship Program, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington D.C., Jul. – Sep. 2004.

Latest Publications:

  • “From Global Saving Glut to Financing Global Infrastructure” joint with Patrick Bolton, Sanjay Peters, Frederic Samama and Joseph Stiglitz. Economic Policy (forthcoming).
  • “News Shock and the Current Account: Evidence from Giant Oil Discoveries” joint with Valerie Ramey and Liugang Sheng, Quarterly Journal of Economics.
  • “Bond Market Spillovers in a Fiscal Union: Evidence from US States” joint with Amadou Sy and Bertrand Candelon, earlier version circulated as IMF Working Paper 11/290, 2011 (forthcoming) Revue Economique.
  • “Food Price Volatility and Consequences”, with Yaw Nyarko and Karim El Aynaoui. Introduction to the Special Issue entitled Food Price Volatility and Policy Challenges in Oxford Economic Papers, 2016.
  • “Financing Africa’s Infrastructure Deficit: From Development Banking to Long-Term Investing”, with Amadou Sy. Journal of African Economies, 2016.
  • Arezki, Rabah & Olivier Blanchard, 2015. “7 Questions about the Oil Price Slump” Rivista Energia .
Working Papers

Food Prices and Political Instability

Abstract We examine the effects that variations in the international food prices have on democracy and ... read more

Working Papers

Resource Windfalls, Macroeconomic Stability and Growth: The Role of Political Institutions

Abstract We use a new dataset on non-resource GDP to examine the performance of commodity-exporting countries ... read more

Working Papers

The Relative Volatility of Commodity Prices: A Reappraisal

Abstract This paper studies the volatility of commodity prices on the basis of a large dataset ... read more

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Commodity Windfalls, Polarization, and Net Foreign Assets: Panel Data Evidence on the Voracity Effect

Abstract This paper examines the effects that windfalls from international commodity price booms have on net ... read more

Working Papers

What Drives the Global Land Rush?

Abstract This paper studies the determinants of foreign land acquisition for large-scale agriculture. To do so, ... read more


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