Going beyond Doing Business to Foster Job Creation in Arab Countries - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Going beyond Doing Business to Foster Job Creation in Arab Countries

Jamal Ibrahim Haidar and Hedi Larbi


Date:
April, 2016

NO.
7

Length:
5 pages

Topic:
J6. Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers
J2. Demand and Supply of Labor

In a nutshell

  • Creating enough jobs is a key development challenge for Arab countries.
  • To address this challenge, many Arab policy makers sought to enhance the positions of their countries in the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking.
  • A better Doing Business ranking is thought to attract job-creating investments. This policy brief argues that such a policy goal is not sufficient to foster investment and job creation in Arab countries.
  • Arab policy makers need to embrace a broader approach, which include structural reforms, to reduce business-government transaction costs, enhance competitiveness and increase investment returns.

Jamal Ibrahim Haidar


Hedi Larbi


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