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A Macroeconomic Framework for Growth under the New Normal: Lessons from Latin America

This Blog is written by Aalaa Halaka   “Six months ago, I warned about the risk of a ‘new mediocre’—low growth for a long time. Today, we must prevent that ... read more


Trade policy options for a sovereign Palestinian State and the impact of Syrian refugees on Lebanon

During the ERF 24th Annual Conference, Raed Safadi (Dubai Department of Economic Development) participated as discussant in a parallel session on international economics, focusing ... read more


A moonshot for MENA: laying the groundwork for a modern digital economy

Rabah Arzeki is the Chief Economist for Middle East and North Africa Region at the World Bank. During the recent ERF 24th Annual Conference ... read more


A partnership between government, civil society and the private sectors for MENA development

Hadi Salehi Esfahani from the University of Illinois presented in the third and closing panel at the ERF 24th Annual Conference.     ... read more


Tackling domestic issues to ensure economic development in MENA

Mustapha Nabli (North Africa Bureau of Economic Studies International) took the floor in the third and closing panel at the ERF 24th Annual Conference. ... read more


A new macroeconomic framework under the new normal

H.E. Rania Al-Mashat is the current Minister of Tourism in Egypt and she has an extensive experience on monetary policy, having worked at the Central Bank of Egypt on developing ... read more


The importance of institutions for the New Normal

The second plenary session at the ERF 24th Annual Conference featured a keynote speech from Raimundo Soto, Associate Professor of Economics at the ... read more


Industrial Policy for Sustainable Growth in MENA: Lessons learned from the Asian Experience

Understanding the Asian economic growth miracle has been -and continues to be- a topic of great interest for economists around the globe. East Asian countries have witnessed dramatic economic as ... read more


Understanding the determinants of inequality in Arab states

Racha Ramadan (Cairo University) was a panelist in the special session Rethinking Inequality in Arab States, which took place during the ERF 24th Annual ... read more


Rethinking Inequality in Arab States – Joint ERF-ESCWA report

The Economic Research Forum and ESCWA are embarking on a joint report on Rethinking Inequality in Arab states. During the ... read more


Oil prices volatility and its macroeconomic implications for the MENA region

Kamiar Mohaddes (University of Cambridge) participated in the second plenary at the ERF 24th Annual Conference. After his presentation, we caught up with him ... read more


Trade policy and the MENA region

During the ERF 24th Annual Conference, Ahmed Ghoneim (Cairo University) participated as discussant in a parallel session on trade policy and the MENA region. ... read more


Inequality and early child development in Turkey and in Algeria

During the ERF 24th Annual Conference, Mohamed Ali Mourani (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University) participated as discussant in a parallel session on inequality and early ... read more


What are the determinants of procyclical government spending and how could it be made anti-cyclical

Jaime de Melo, former professor at the University of Geneva, chaired a parallel session focusing on fiscal policy during the ERF 24th Annual Conference.   ... read more


The role of government spending in economic growth

Hamid Mohtadi from University of Wisconsin an University of Minnesota was the discussant of two papers about role of government spending in economic growth, presented at the ... read more


How to apply the lessons from East Asia for growth in the MENA region?

Gouda Abdel-Khalek is Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University. At the ERF 24th Annual Conference, he participated as ... read more


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