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Reforming Rules of Origin in Greater Arab Free Trade Area for Effective Economic Integration

Bashar Hikmet Malkawi

Free trade agreements are about reducing tariffs, market access in services, protection of intellectual property ... read more


Measures to Protect Poor Sudanese Households from the Risks of Catastrophic Health Expenditures

Mohammed Elhaj Mustafa and Ebaidalla Mahjoub Ebaidalla

Due to the absence of universal health insurance coverage in Sudan, particularly among poor, out-of-pocket ... read more


Scientifically-Supported Economic Incentive Approaches for the Long Term Sustainability of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries

Rashid Sumaila

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna is an important fishery in the Mediterranean Sea; The effectiveness of the current ... read more


Currency-Plus-Commodity Basket: A Proposal for a New Exchange Rate Arrangement for Gulf Oil-Exporting Countries

Jeffrey A. Frankel

In a nutshell • Oil-exporting countries have experienced huge swings in the dollar price of oil ... read more


The Political Realities of Economic Reform in the Gulf Monarchies

Michael Herb

In a nutshell • Economic diversification in the Gulf Cooperation Council monarchies requires labor market reforms. • ... read more



Egypt Must Strengthen Budget Institutions to Curb Mounting Budget Deficit

Mohamed Zaky

In a nutshell • Since the January 2011 popular revolution, the budget deficit in Egypt has ... read more


Mechanization to Drive A Process for Fertilizer Subsidy Reform in Egypt

Shinan N. Kassam and Boubaker Dhehibi

In a nutshell Current modalities for the distribution of subsidized fertilizer, together with national campaigns for ... read more


The US Fracking Boom, Oil Prices and Policy Options for Arab Oil Producers

Romesh Vaitilingam

In a Nutshell In the absence of the US fracking boom, the global price of crude ... read more


The Impact of Emigration on MENA Labor Markets

Anda David and Mohamed Ali Marouani

In a Nutshell The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has seen large volumes of ... read more


Labor Market Regulations: Job Security versus Labor Flexibility

Jackline Wahba

In a nutshell Labor laws aim to protect workers and increase labor market efficiency. However, over-protective labor ... read more


Are Export Sanctions Effective?

Jamal Ibrahim Haidar

In a nutshell Different countries impose export sanctions. Whether these sanctions are effective depends on their goal. ... read more


Low Social and Political Returns to Education in the Arab World

Ishac Diwan

In a nutshell Arab societies urgently need to start looking at how to improve education systems, ... read more


School Based Management: An Approach to Improve Learning Outcomes in Egypt

Engi Gamal Eldin

In a nutshell Egypt has the worst basic education system worldwide. Egypt’s decentralization reforms were more rhetoric ... read more


Tackling Poverty and Poor Health in Turkish Widowed Households State Benefits Work

Oznur Ozdamar and Eleftherios Giovanis

In a nutshell Single mother widowed households in Turkey that receive survivor benefits are more likely ... read more


Boosting World Trade in Tunisia and Egypt by Cutting Non-Tariff Barriers Better Imports for Better Exports

Zouhour Karray

In a nutshell Egypt and Tunisia have embraced trade liberalization which has helped them establish a ... read more