ERF-GDN MENA Regional Research Competition Archives - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

ERF-GDN MENA Regional Research Competition


The Global Development Network (GDN) grant facility offered through the World Bank has been an important part of ERF’s activities during the past 15 years. ERF has been operating this yearly grant through its annual round of Regional Research Competitions (RRC), which provide funding for quality economic research on the region while also enhancing the capacities of researchers in the region. The objectives of the research competition are: (i) to promote understanding of economic developments in the MENA region in terms of their national, regional and international dimensions; (ii) to bridge research and policy by promoting policy-oriented research; and (iii) to enhance research capacities in the region by encouraging teamwork, especially multinational collaboration. The program also involves the organization of regional workshops to provide a platform for researchers who have received grants under the rounds of RRCs to share their work, their methodologies and findings with other researchers, in addition to exchanging views and obtaining meaningful comments that enhance their research.

Completed Projects

ERF-GDN MENA Regional Research Competition
Returns To Schooling In Egypt

This project aims to estimate the causal effect of education on earnings for Egypt. In ... read more

ERF-GDN MENA Regional Research Competition
Transitions across Formal / Informal Divide in the Labor Markets in Egypt and Jordan

The dynamics of the informal sector are largely unknown in many developing countries. This is ... read more

ERF-GDN MENA Regional Research Competition
The Pros and Cons of Formalizing Informal MSMEs in the Palestinian Economy

The study investigates the transition of firms from the informal to the formal sector. According ... read more

ERF-GDN MENA Regional Research Competition
Rethinking the Distribution Effects of Informality in Egypt: A Micro-simulation Analysis

The study hypothesizes that “enforcement” of regulations that promote formalization will increase the average quality ... read more