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Samir Abdullah

Senior Associates

Senior Researcher at Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS)

Areas of Interest:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Economic Development
  • Strategic Planning



  • Ph.D., Economics, Prague School of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic, 1984
  • M.Sc., Economics, Prague School of Economics 1980
  • B.Sc., Economics, Jordan University, Amman, Jordan 1976


  • Senior Researcher at MAS 2013 to date
  • Minister of Labor and Planning 2007-2009
  • Director General of Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute–MAS., 2004-2007 & 2009-2013
  • General Manager, Palestine Trade Center- Pal-Trade, Sep.1999-Mar.2002
  • General Manager of Arab Palestinian Investment Bank 1996-1998
  • Associate Professor at Birzeit University and An Najah University – Nablus

Latest Publications:

  • Toward Enhancing the Competitiveness of the Palestinian Olive Sector 2016
  • The Impact of Foreign Aid in Developing the Palestinian Private Sector 2016
  • Toward a National Housing Policy in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 2015
  • The Impact of Israeli Violations on the Housing Sector in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, 2015
  • Youth Entrepreneurship: An Effective Choice in the Alleviation of Unemployment in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, 2014
  • Policies to Scaling up Palestinian Women Entrepreneurship, 2014


Working Papers

The Middle East Peace Dilemma: Bilateral Political Negotiation for Multilateral Economic Cooperation

Abstract Prospects for Middle East economic cooperation are largely determined by the underlying political structure of ... read more


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