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Between Stabilization and Allocation in the MENA Region: Are Competition Laws Helping?

Jala Youssef and Chahir Zaki

In the 1990s, many MENA countries relied on adjustment and stabilization programs offered by international ... read more


An Anatomy of Firm-Level Productivity in Turkey in the AKP Era

Nergiz Dincer and Ayça Tekin-Koru

The main aim of the current paper is to investigate the productivity dynamics of Turkey ... read more




Credit Card Debt: Nescience or Necessity?

G. Gulsun Akin , Ahmet Faruk Aysan , Sezgim Dasdogen and Levent Yildiran

This paper attempts to assess whether the driving factor behind the rising credit card indebtedness ... read more



Macroeconomic Institutions: Lessons from World Experience for MENA Countries

Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel

What can be learned from the world experience about different macroeconomic institutions, to improve macroeconomic ... read more


Thank You, Infidels! Social Welfare and Islamic State Recruitment

Moamen Gouda and Marcus Marktanner

This paper is motivated by reports about Islamic State fighters having received welfare payments from ... read more


The Weight of History: A Natural Experiment in Higher Education

Mahdi Majbouri

Using a Regression Discontinuity Design (RDD) and publicly available datasets, this study measures the effect ... read more


Political Violence and Youth Bulges

Hosam Ibrahim

This paper investigates the relationship between domestic political conflict and youth bulges in economically stagnant ... read more


Son preference and child under nutrition in the Arab countries: is there a gender bias against girls?

Mesbah Sharaf , Ahmed Rashad and El-Hussien Ibrahim Mansour

Although son preference has been demonstrated in the MENA region with different manifestations and at ... read more


Policy choices in an era of intangibles- where to start?

Rohinton P. Medhora

Based on the author’s keynote talk at the ERF’s 25th anniversary conference in Kuwait City ... read more


The impact of militarization on gender inequality and female labor force participation

Adem Elveren and Valentine M. Moghadam

Feminist research has revealed significant relationships between militarization, patriarchy, and gender inequality. This paper takes that ... read more


Intimate partner violence against women in Turkey: evidence from a national household survey

Aysegul Kayaoglu

According to the World Health Organization (WHO, 2018), one in three women has experienced physical ... read more



Are politically connected firms turtles or gazelles? Evidence from the Egyptian uprising

Hany Abdel-Latif and Hassan Aly

Using an original firm-level database and utilizing the incidence of the Egyptian uprising of 2011, ... read more