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Youth and Vulnerability in the Middle East

ERF invites affiliates and non-ERF affiliates to submit proposals that enhance the understanding of youth vulnerability issues relevant to the region. The proposals may address any of the following sub-themes ... read more


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Correlates of Kin Marriage in Egypt, Jordan, and Tunisia

Rania Salem and Sarah Shah

Although kin marriage is widely practiced in the MENA, the rationales that are thought to motivate kin marriage have not been widely tested. We test three rationales for kin unions ... read more


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Constructing Labor Market Transitions Recall Weights in Retrospective Data: An Application to Egypt and Jordan

Shaimaa Yassin

To be able to redress retrospective panels into random samples and correct for any recall and/or design bias the data might suffer from, this paper builds on the methodology proposed ... read more


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Policy Briefs

The Impact of Emigration on MENA Labor Markets

Anda David and Mohamed Ali Marouani

In a Nutshell The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has seen large volumes of workers leaving their country of origin with, almost 6% of the region’s population migrating in ... read more


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Do Political Connections Reduce Job Creation? Evidence from Lebanon

Ishac Diwan and Jamal Ibrahim Haidar

Using firm-level census data, we determine how politically-connected firms (PCFs) reduce job creation in Lebanon. After observing that large firms account for the bulk of net job creation, we find ... read more


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Egypt: Youth Essay Competition

To engage youth in finding innovative solutions to Youth Employment in Egypt, the Economic Research Forum and the World Bank are pleased to announce the first Youth Essay Competition. ... read more


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Comparative Labor and Human Development Research Using Labor Market Panel Surveys Data

ERF invites affiliates and non-ERF affiliates to submit proposals that enhance the understanding of a variety of labor market challenges and issues relevant to the region. Deadline for ... read more


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Does International Migration Help Them Marry earlier? A Hazard Model for the Case of Egypt

Anda David and Rana Hendy

Marriage represents an important step of entering adulthood in the Egyptian society and its delay often results in tensions and frustration among youth. Considering migration as a predetermined strategy to ... read more


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Why is Fertility on the Rise in Egypt? The Role of Women’s Employment Opportunities

Caroline Krafft

Can declining employment opportunities for women reverse the fertility transition? This paper presents new evidence that the demographic transition has not just stalled, but in fact reversed in Egypt. After ... read more


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Arab Attitudes toward Gender Equality and toward the Islamic State: New Public Opinion Survey Findings

By Mark Tessler, University of Michigan   Recent public opinion research in the Arab world sheds light on the views held by ordinary citizens about two ... read more


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Twins, Family Size, and Female Labor Force Participation in Iran

Mahdi Majbouri

Despite the rapid rise of women’s education and the fall of their fertility rates in Iran, female labor force participation remains low. This paper uses twins at first birth as ... read more


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Policy Briefs

Labor Market Regulations: Job Security versus Labor Flexibility

Jackline Wahba

In a nutshell Labor laws aim to protect workers and increase labor market efficiency. However, over-protective labor regulations may result in higher informality and unemployment, as well as in hurting outsiders (usually ... read more


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Introducing the Tunisia Labor Market Panel Survey 2014

Ragui Assaad, Samir Ghazouani, Caroline Krafft and Dominique J. Rolando

This paper introduces the Tunisia Labor Market Panel Survey (TLMPS) of 2014, the first round of a publicly-available nationally representative longitudinal household survey. We provide a description of the ... read more


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Caracteristiques des Chomeurs et Inefficience d’Appariement sur les Marches Regionaux: SFA, CAS de la Tunisie

Besma Jellali

L’objectif de ce travail est d’estimer le processus d’appariement mettant en relation le nombre d’embauches en fonction d’un stock donné de postes vacants et de chômeurs, à partir des données ... read more


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Is Tunisian Trade Policy Pro-Poor?

Inmaculada Martinez-Zarzoso, Leila Baghdadi and Hendrik Kruse

The main aim of this paper is to investigate the effects of Tunisian trade policy on household welfare. We use the recently released household survey data in combination with estimated ... read more