Development Prospects for North Africa - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Development Prospects for North Africa

Ahmed Galal and Khalid Sekkat

January, 2010


H5. National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
O1. Economic Development

This edition of Policy Perspective explains why the North African region has been successful in reducing poverty despite modest economic growth and explores the sustainability of past strategies in achieving this outcome in the future. It argues that low poverty in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia can be traced to a combination of social policies, cultural characteristics and the nature of the political regimes rather than economic growth per se. Furthermore, it claims that this favorable outcome is not likely to be sustainable in the future without higher economic growth, improvements of social policies and more inclusive governance structures.

Research Fellows

Ahmed Galal

MENA Health Policy Forum

Research Fellows

Khalid Sekkat

Full Professor of Economics, University of Brussels



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