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Ragui Assaad

Areas of Interest: Labor markets in the Arab World Education and human resource development Youth transitions to adulthood Inequality of opportunity Education: Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, 1991 M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1981 Experience: Professor of ... read more


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Economic Development and Social Justice: ERF 20th Annual Conference

Abla Abdel-Latif

This year’s Annual Conference is very special; it marks the 20th anniversary of the Economic Research Forum (ERF). This is a cause for celebration, not only because ERF has become ... read more


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Research Fellows

Abla Abdel-Latif

Areas of Interest Economic Development International Trade Micro and Macroeconomics Education Ph.D., Economics (Economic Development), University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California August, l988 M.A., Economics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, May, l985 Experience Egyptian Center ... read more


Publications
Working Papers

Sustainable Development and Environmental Challenges in The MENA Region: Accounting for The Environment In The 21st Century

Mathis Wackernagel, Susan Sakmar, Alessandro Galli and David Moore

Abstract The MENA Region faces a range of challenges to its long-term security and prosperity in the 21st century. Although many of the Region’s economic challenges have been widely analyzed, environmental ... read more


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Return Migration and Entrepreneurship in Morocco

Bachir Hamdouch and Jackline Wahba

This paper contributes to a small but rapidly growing literature concerned with the potentially substantial implications of international migration for economic development in LDCs. We use a sample of return ... read more


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Resource Rents, Political Institutions and Economic Growth

Ibrahim Elbadawi and Raimundo Soto

This paper contributes to the empirical literature on oil and other point-source resource curse. We find that the curse does exist but conditional on bad political governance. Unlike previous studies ... read more


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Oil Curse in Yemen: The Role of Institutions and Policy

Mahmoud Al-Iriani

This paper studies the natural resource curse (NRC) hypothesis as it applies to Yemen. There is evidence that Yemen has in fact not been immune from the NRC symptoms as ... read more


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Does Institutions Quality Matter for Financial Development and Economic Growth Nexus? Another Look at the Evidence from MENA Countries

Houssem Rachdi and Sami Mensi

The relationship between financial development and economic growth remains a fundamental issue in the economics and finance literature. This paper examines this relationship by introducing institutional variables (law and order, ... read more


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The Elusive Quest for Arab Economic Development

Ahmed Galal and Hoda Selim

This paper reviews the development experience of the Arab countries since World War II, arguing that the lack of inclusive economic and political institutions is the primary cause for the ... read more


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Understanding and Avoiding the Oil Curse in Sudan

Kabbashi Suliman

This paper examines the impact of the oil boom, as a blessing or curse, on Sudan’s economy, analyzes the key features of the country’s growth experience before and after the ... read more