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I’ve Got the Power: Mapping Connections between Lebanon’s Banking Sector and the Ruling Class

Jad Chaaban

This paper explores the extent to which local commercial banks in Lebanon are linked to the country’s political class, and how this impacts their efficiency and sovereign risk exposure. By ... read more


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The Political Economy of Macroeconomic Policy in Arab Resource-Rich Economies

Adeel Malik

Revisiting macroeconomic policies and outcomes of Arab resource-rich economies (RREs), this paper synthesizes the political economy considerations that underpin policy choices. The paper argues that, in the context of Arab ... read more


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Politics of Global Value Chains

Julian Hinz and Elsa Leromain

The proliferation of global value chains makes the domestic production of goods increasingly dependent on inputs from foreign sources. Political tensions between countries have an impact on trade costs as ... read more


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BIT Contracting and FDI Impact in the GCC Countries

Wasseem Mina

Abstract The rationale for GCC countries increasingly contracting of BITs is controversial. This paper empirically examines the short term and long term impact BITs contracting on FDI and distinguishes it by the income ... read more


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Policy Research Reports

The Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in MENA Countries: An Extreme Bounds Analysis

Imad Moosa

The determinants variables of FDI inflows are examined by applying extreme bounds analysis to a cross-sectional sample encompassing data on 18 MENA countries. With the GDP growth rate serving as ... read more


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Workshops/Seminars

Political Economy of Transformation in the ERF Region

A workshop on The Political Economy of Transformation in the ERF Region was held to discuss the outcome of the 13th Round of the Regional Research Competition supported by the ... read more


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Annual Conferences

Economic Development and the Rise of Islamist Parties: ERF 19th Annual Conference

The political upheavals which swept ERF’s region in early 2011 ushered in Islamist political parties in Egypt, Tunisia, and potentially elsewhere in the region. Deposed political regimes were generally perceived ... read more


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ERF’s Policy Sessions Roster at the IEA 2014

In a unique regional event, ERF partnered with the International Economic Association (IEA), the  Colombia Global Centers (Amman), as well as a number of prestigious institutions to organize IEA’s 17th  ... read more


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Workshops/Seminars

The Pulse of The Arab Streets

Three years into the transition following the political upheavals in the Arab World, the new rulers in several countries are facing daunting challenges. These include a difficult democratization process and ... read more


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Workshops/Seminars

The Pulse of the Arab Street: Understanding the Political Economy of the Arab Uprisings Using Public Opinion Data

Three years into the transition following the political upheavals in the Arab world, the new rulers in several countries are facing daunting challenges. These include a difficult democratization process and ... read more


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Workshops/Seminars

The Political Economy of the Private Sector in the Middle East Workshop

ERF and the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies jointly organized a workshop on "The Political Economy of the Private Sector in the Middle East". The workshop convened for 2 days ... read more


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Working Papers

Mapping and Explaining Attitudes Toward Political Islam Among Ordinary Citizens in The Middle East and North Africa

Mark Tessler

This paper provides partial summaries of two interrelated works that use survey data to map and explain the views held by Middle Eastern publics about the role Islam should play ... read more


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Working Papers

Changed Regimes, Changed Priorities? Economic and Social Policies after the 2011 Elections in Tunisia and Egypt

Eberhard Kienle

This paper seeks to examine the economic and social policies that key political actors in Tunisia and Egypt advocated and partly implemented after the departure of the former authoritarian rulers, ... read more


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Working Papers

How Did Wars Dampen Trade in the MENA Region?

Fida Karam and Chahir Zaki

The paper investigates the effects of wars on trade in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. As a region, MENA faces considerable risk of conflicts. Using an augmented ... read more


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Working Papers

The Political Economy of Monetary Policy in Resource-Rich Arab Economies

Ghassan Dibeh

This paper investigates the role of political institutions and interests in shaping monetary policy in the resource-rich Arab economies. The paper first reviews the literature on the political economy of ... read more


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Working Papers

Arab Countries between Winter and Spring: Where Democracy Shock Goes Next!

Hany Abdel-Latif, Tapas Mishra and Anita Staneva

This paper presents rigorous mechanisms to study how persistent democratic shocks in one country produce spillover effects and comprise a major determinant in dynamic growth interdependence among nations. Taking the ... read more