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Call for Proposals
Household Asset Inequality in the Arab countries, Iran and Turkey

ERF is pleased to announce a call for proposals on asset Inequality in the Arab countries, Iran and Turkey. Growing concerns about increasing levels of economic inequality have brought into attention the unequal distribution of wealth. The benefits of and barriers to asset attainment invite a multi-disciplinary approach to better understand the roots and consequences of high levels of asset inequality. ERF invites affiliates and non-ERF affiliates to submit innovative proposals focusing on asset inequality along with its policy recommendations in the Arab countries, Iran and Turkey. A broad set of physical and financial assets can be considered, including land, housing and the full range of financial wealth. Deadline for submission: December 10, 2015.
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Recent Events
Monetary and Fiscal Institutions in Resource-Rich Arab Economies

ERF held a conference on Monetary and Fiscal Institutions in Resource-Rich Arab Economies on November 4-5, 2015, in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The event, held in cooperation with the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, was intended to address the challenges facing macroeconomic institutions in oil-rich Arab countries, particularly those responsible for monetary and fiscal policies. The problem is that while oil-rich Arab countries account for close to half of global oil reserves and a quarter of natural gas reserves, they have neither achieved economic prosperity nor approached the ranks of developed nations. The efficiency (or lack thereof) of monetary and fiscal institutions in resource-rich Arab economies could explain this phenomenon, at least partially.

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Recent Events
Gender Equality in the MENA Region

ERF held a conference on women’s social and economic empowerment in the Arab World on October 24-25, 2015, in Cairo, Egypt. The event, hosted in cooperation with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), was intended to contribute to ending the significant political and economic disadvantages women in the region face. Over six sessions and a panel discussion, key international experts, regional academics, policy leaders and the media discussed and debated ways to overcome the main obstacles preventing the full participation of women in the region. Topics included ways to narrow down the gender gap and discrimination against women; women’s empowerment within the household and in the labor market; women entrepreneurship; gender and social protection policies, and stereotypes surrounding the relationship between gender, religion and politics.
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Recent Events
ERF Training Workshop: Writing Winning Research Proposals and Papers

ERF organized a two-day training workshop on writing winning proposals in Cairo on October 26-27, 2015. The workshop intended to help researchers develop proposals that ask policy relevant question, while ensuring that these proposals are implemented using rigorous techniques.
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Recent Events
ERF 2nd National Dialogue: Between Political Reform and Economic Development…Egypt the Future

The Economic Research Forum (ERF) held a national dialogue on September 30 under the title “Between Political Reform and Economic Development…Egypt the Future, 2015. The event emanated from ERF’s understanding of the importance of having a serious discussion on the future of Egypt. Renowned economists, political scientists, policy makers and journalists attended the dialogue to debate the nature of the relationship between economic development and political reform. This timely topic comes as Egypt approaches the holding of much anticipated parliamentary elections - the third and final step of the political roadmap set forth after the June 30 uprising - making the need to clarify the relationship between political reform and economic development all the more pressing. Stay tuned for updates...
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Recent Publications
The Egyptian Labor Market in an Era of Revolution

This book fills an important gap in the knowledge about labor market conditions in Egypt in the aftermath of the Arab Spring uprisings, and it analyzes the results of the latest round of the Egypt Labor Market Panel Survey carried out in early 2012. It is edited by Ragui Assaad and Caroline Krafft.
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عبداللطيف الحمد في حوار لـ"الوطن": تراجع النفط سيؤثر على المساعدات الخليجية لمصر

أحمد جلال: كفاءة المؤسسات المالية والنقدية مرتبطة بطبيعة النظام السياسي

وزير المالية الأسبق: قدرة الخليج على تقديم مساعدات لمصر «في تراجع»

مجرد فكـرة: لعنة البترول

Bottom line: Political reform

منتدى البحوث الاقتصادية: الدستور والبرلمان الضمانة لتحقيق التنمية

من يسبق الآخر.. الإصلاح السياسى أم الاقتصادى؟
 "موسي": التيارات الحالية نتاج عصر مضى ولا تصلح للقرن الواحد والعشرين

 قيادية بـ«الاشتراكي المصري»: تحقيق التنمية يتطلب منع الاحتكار ومكافحة الفساد

زياد بهاء الدين: نحتاج مناخًا
سياسيًا سليمًا لاتخاذ قرارات اقتصادية صعبة

عمرو موسى: طبّقوا الدستور أولاً قبل التفكير فى تعديله

حافظ المرازي: البرلمان المقبل سيكون أقل تنوعًا من 2012

ماجد عثمان: التعليم يتسبب في إنتاج التطرف وعدم تقبل الآخر

موسى: مخاوف الانتخابات ستثار حتى لو أجلناها عامين.. والبرلمان سيؤسس تيارات جديدة

الشوبكي: الفزع من أخونة الجيش والقضاء كان وراء تحصين وزير الدفاع بالدستور

Watch Dr. Ahmed Galal's speech at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science Annual Conference

ERF Affiliate Dr. Rania Al-Mashat recognized by World Economic Forum

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MEEA: The Impact of Oil Price Changes on the Economic Growth and Development in the MENA Countries
The School of Public Administration and Development Economics at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) is hosting the Middle East Economic Association’s (MEEA) Fifteenth International Annual Conference on March 23-25, 2016 in Doha, Qatar. Dealine for submissions: Ocober 15, 2015.
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