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Live Debate on: Free Higher Education and Equity

Keeping in tune with changing economic thought on education strategies and policies, ERF and The Tunisian Economic Association are organizing a live debate on: Free Higher Education and Equity: Does ... read more


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Working Papers

Energy Subsidy Reform in Egypt: The Gender – “Energy” Poverty Nexus

Fatma El-Hamidi

The purpose of this study is to quantify the effects of the current energy reform policy on household expenditures along gender and regional lines. Gender analysis helps to identify constraints ... read more


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Working Papers

The Role of Fiscal Policy in Fighting Poverty and Reducing Inequality in Iran: An Application of the Commitment to Equity (CEQ) Framework

Ali Enami, Nora Lustig and Alireza Taqdiri

This paper evaluates the role of fiscal system in Iran in reducing poverty and inequality. We employ the marginal contribution approach in which the effect of each component of ... read more


Publications
Policy Briefs

Tackling Poverty and Poor Health in Turkish Widowed Households State Benefits Work

Oznur Ozdamar and Eleftherios Giovanis

In a nutshell Single mother widowed households in Turkey that receive survivor benefits are more likely to improve their general health and increase household wealth than equivalent households that do not ... read more


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Exploring the Determinants of Welfare Distribution in Tunisia and Egypt Using a Welfare Generation Model

Yosr Abid-Fourati, Cathal O'Donoghue and Denisa Sologon

The present paper intends to identify the main driving factors of the distribution of welfare in Tunisia and Egypt. We present a regression-based method to compare the labor market and ... read more


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Measuring Pro-Poor Growth in Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine

Ali Hashemi

This paper examines the pro-poorness of economic growth in Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Based on Ravallion and Chen (2003)’s poverty reducing definition ... read more


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Working Papers

The Quality of Life of Palestinians under a Chronic Political Conflict: Assessment and Determinants

Awad Mataria, Rita Glacaman, Angelo Stefanini, Nirmala Naidoo, Paul Kowa and Somnath Chatterji

Abstract This paper assesses the quality of life of Palestinians and its determinants; and compares the results to similar assessments from 17 other developed and developing countries. An adapted version of the WHOQoL-Bref ... read more


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The Determinants of the Perception of Happiness about Quality of Life amongst Turkish People

Kivilcim Metin Ozcan, Selin Sayek and Mine Kara

Abstract Happiness and life satisfaction are two empirically correlated but conceptually different determinants of quality of life. It has been theorized that happiness is an affective construct, whereas life satisfaction is a cognitive ... read more


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Measuring Water-Poverty Relationship in Algeria Using ROC Curves

Samir Maliki and Abderrezak Benhabib

Abstract Recent literature on poverty alleviation policies has focused on one direction of discourse by considering poverty as a dependant variable based on some objective (monetary) and subjective (social contacts). Results have not ... read more


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Policy Research Reports

Some Socioeconomic and Political Aspects of the Dynamics and Coping with Poverty in Rural and Urban Sudan

Khalid Ali El Amin

This research would focus on two main issues: First, after reviewing the literature and the adoption, for Sudan, of an appropriate definition of the concept of poverty and the criteria ... read more


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Policy Research Reports

Fertility, Human Capital, and Macroeconomic Performance: Long-Term Interactions and Short-Run Dynamics

Ali Darrat and Darwish Yousef

Literature suggests that a fruitful inquiry into the fertility/ economic development nexus should focus not on whether these two variables are correlated over time or across countries. The emphasis should ... read more


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Could the Behavioral Responses Justify the Absence of Direct Transfers to Fight Poverty in MENA Region?

Sami Bibi

Abstract While cash transfers through proxy means tests have increased over the last decade in Latin America to fight poverty, consumption subsidies remain the common form of redistributive income in most MENA countries. ... read more


Blog & News

Structural Transformation is Key for Poverty Reduction in Arab Countries

By Khalid Abu-Ismail, Chief of the Economic Development and Poverty Section at UN-ESCWA. The long-term development vision for the Arab region should address the core challenge ... read more


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Working Papers

The Determinants of the Perception of Happiness About Quality of Life Amongst Turkish People

Kivilcim Metin Ozcan, Selin Sayek and Mine Kara

Happiness and life satisfaction are two empirically correlated but conceptually different determinants of quality of life. It has been theorized that happiness is an effective construct, whereas life satisfaction is ... read more


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Workshops/Seminars

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty

In light of the region’s economic and political challenges, ERF in cooperation with the Lebanese Center for Policy  studies (LCPS) and Alexandria University, organized Seminars in four cities in the ... read more


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Working Papers

The Catastrophic Economic Consequences of Illness and their Effect on Poverty Estimates in Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine

Illness can have catastrophic economics consequences on households in developing countries. In extreme cases, illness can drive households to sell their assets or push them into extreme poverty. Using national ... read more