The Political Economy of Transformation in the Arab World
Work under this theme involves innovative techniques using data from opinion polls to study various aspects of the ongoing social, economic, and political transformations in Arab societies.
Equity and Inequality
Inequality was one of the prime instigators of the Arab Spring revolts that took place in the region. Research under this theme covers issues of income inequality trends, fiscal policy and inequality, and inequality of opportunity across the region.
Labor and Human Resource Development
Work under this area focused on the collection and analysis of data on labor markets and studying labor market regulations. In addition, it analyzed informality issues as well as the incentives for better quality higher education.
Natural Resources and Economic Diversification
The abundance of natural resources has sometimes been construed as a curse and other times as a blessing. Work in this area focuses on macroeconomic management and institutions in Resource-rich Arab Economies.
Gender and Women Economic Empowerment
The emerging political and economic developments in the ERF region have deeply touched the lives of women. This theme explores gender issues and the economic empowerment of women in the region.