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The Race to the Top: Institutional Clusters and World FDI Shares

Wasseem Mina

The literature on the institutions-FDI nexus has treated the influence of institutions independently of each other. This implies they are not related to one another both theoretically and empirically, an ... read more


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Firm Productivity, Technology and Export Status, What Can We Learn from Egyptian Industries?

Mohamed El Arbi Chaffai and Patrick Plane

We explore to what extent the export status and technological choices are related to firm Total Factor Productivity (TFP). Egyptian industrial firms are investigated for the period 2003-2008. The dataset ... read more


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Return Migrants and the Wage Premium: Does the Legal Status of Migrants Matter?

Nelly El-Mallakh and Jackline Wahba

This paper examines the long-term impact of the legal status of overseas temporary migrants. Using unique data from Egypt, where we are able to distinguish between return migrants according to ... read more


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Revisiting the Impact of Trade Openness on Informal and Irregular Employment in Egypt

Mélika Ben Salem and Chahir Zaki

This paper examines the impact of trade openness on job quality through the evolution of the shares of informal and irregular employment in total employment. In fact, Egypt has undertaken ... read more


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Climate Change, Gender, Decision-Making Power, and Migration into the Saiss Region of Morocco

Dina Najjar, Boubaker Dhehibi, Aden Aw-Hassan and Abderrahim Bentaibi

Studies on migration in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have so far focused on migration to urban areas (local cities and European countries). Little research has explored ... read more


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Do Migrants Transfer Political and Cultural Norms to Their Origin Country? Some Evidence From Some Arab Countries

Jamal Bouoiyour and Amal Miftah

This paper explores some political and social consequences of international migration experience and remittance receipt in the case of Arab countries using Arab Barometer survey dataset. The main idea is ... read more


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Capital Raising in the Arab World

Juan Jose Cortina Lorente, Soha Ismail and Sergio L. Schmukler

This paper provides a first documentation of how firms in Arab countries use equity, corporate bond, and syndicated loan markets to obtain finance. We compile a large dataset at the ... read more


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Diaspora Networks as a Bridge between Civilizations

Ishac Diwan, Michele Tuccio and Jackline Wahba

This paper explores the effect of international migration on the so-called clash of civilizations. Exploiting Gallup data on North Africa and the Middle East, we study the impact of having ... read more


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Firm Financing and Growth in the Arab Region

Juan Jose Cortina Lorente, Soha Ismail and Sergio L. Schmukler

This paper provides a first analysis of the extent to which firms in the Arab region use capital markets to obtain financing and grow. It addresses two questions: First, how ... read more


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Maghreb Rural-Urban Migration: The Movement to Morocco’s Towns

Jamal Bouoiyour, Amal Miftah and Christophe Muller

Using data from national-level households survey, this study seeks to fill a gap in the migration literature by analyzing the determinant of rural migration in the case of Morocco.  In ... read more


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Demographic Changes and Fiscal Policy in MENA Countries

Mehmet Serkan Tosun

In this study, I examine the links between demographic change and fiscal policy in MENA countries, focusing specifically on the economic impacts coming from the conflict between social security and ... read more


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Do International Remittances Affect the Performance of Labor Market in Jordan? An Empirical Investigation

Ghazi Alassaf

The current study examines the effect of international remittances on labor supply decisions of women and men left behind in Jordan. The study draws on micro-data from the Jordan Labor ... read more


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Upward or Downward: Occupational Mobility and Return Migration

Nelly El-Mallakh and Jackline Wahba

We study the extent to which temporary overseas migration enables returnees to climb the occupational ladder. Using data from Egypt, we examine the occupational mobility of returnees relative to non-migrants ... read more


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Patterns of Veiling Among Muslim Women

Ishac Diwan and Jeni Klugman

This paper exploits a unique source of data, the Gallup World Poll, and is the first cross-country empirical investigation of veiling patterns in Muslim-majority countries, complementing a rich literature on ... read more


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The Impact Of Capital and Remittance Flows on Economic Performance in MENA Countries

Magda Kandil and Ida Mirzaie

Abstract Using data for a sample of developing countries, we analyze the effects of external flows, namely migrants' remittances and FDI flows, on real output growth, price inflation, and components of aggregate demand. ... read more