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Economic Development and Female Labor Force Participation in Turkey: Time-Series Evidence and Cross-Province Estimates

Aysit Tansel

Recently, several researchers hypothesized that the female labor force participation rate exhibits a U-shape during the process of economic development. This paper provides time series evidence on female labor force ... read more


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Debunking Myth: Economic Values in the Arab World Through the Prism of Opinion Polls

Ishac Diwan and Zafiris Tzannatos

Using World Value Survey opinion poll data, we empirically characterize the economic values and norms held by individuals in the Arab world, in comparison to values held in the rest ... read more


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Egypt’s Growth Performance Under Economic Liberalism: A Reassessment with New GDP Estimates, 1885-1945

Tarik Yousef

Following a period of rapid growth in the late 19th century, Egyptian real per capita income stagnated in the first half of the 20th century. This widely accepted belief is ... read more


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Is Internal Migration A Way to Cope With Climate Change? Evidence From Egypt

Mohamed El Hedi Arouri, Adel Ben Youssef and Nguyen Viet Cuong

In this study, we examine the effect of extreme weather events on migration among governorates in Egypt using migration gravity models and data from the 1996 and 2006 Population and ... 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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ERF 24th Annual Conference

The Economic Research Forum’s (ERF) 24th Annual Conference will be held in March 2-4, 2018. The organizing committee is pleased to invite the submission of proposals per the outline given ... read more


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The New Normal in the Global Economy: Challenges and Prospects for MENA – ERF 24th Annual Conference

The Economic Research Forum’s (ERF) 24th Annual Conference will be held in March 2-4, 2018. The organizing committee is pleased to invite the submission of proposals per the outline given ... read more


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On the Decomposition and Dynamics of Inequality of Opportunities: A Special Focus on Early Childhood Health and Nutrition in Tunisia

Mohamed Amara and Hatem Jemmali

It is widely recognized in the public health literature that health and nutrition during the early childhood period have important long-term and sometimes irreversible consequences on health and wellbeing later ... read more


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Cash Transfers and Labor Supply: Evidence from A Large-Scale Program in Iran

Djavad Salehi-Isfahani and Mohammad H. Mostafavi-Dehzooei

We study the impact of a nation-wide unconditional cash transfer program on labor supply in Iran. In 2011, the government started monthly deposits of cash into individual family accounts amounting ... read more


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Did the Cost of Living Rise Faster for the Rural Poor?

Shireen Al Azzawi

Inflation has been rising in Egypt over the last decade reaching double digit levels. It was more pronounced in rural Egypt and might have hurt the poor especially since rising ... read more


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Long-Range Dependence in Daily Volatility on Tunisian Stock Market

Chaker Aloui

The aim of this paper is to enfold the volatility dynamics on the Tunisian stock market via an approach founded on the detection of persistence phenomenon and long-term memory presence. ... read more


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Designing Institutions and Incentives in Hospitals: An Organization Economics Methodology

Florence Eid

Recent seminal developments in organization economics, namely the decision rights approach, offer an opportunity to shed new light on an old question, the design of effective institutions. Drawing on conclusions ... read more


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Assessment of FDI Incentives in Egypt

Nada Massoud

The paper tests the hypothesis that the FDI incentives scheme that Egypt chose to adopt since the open door policy in 1974 did not have a significant effect on the ... read more


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The Myth of Export-Led Growth

Khalid Abu-Ismail

The relationship between openness and economic growth is rather complex. As Taylor (91) put it: ‘thinking about it involves several levels of abstraction: empirical; theoretical; political and ideological’. The present ... read more


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Arab Financial Sector Development and Institutions

Mohamed Nagy Eltony

Arab countries like other developing countries have embarked on financial sector reforms since the early 1990s. The purpose of this study is to discuss and shed some light on the ... read more


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Private Tutoring Expenditures in Turkey

Aysit Tansel and Fatma Bircan

This is the first study on private tutoring in Turkey. Private tutoring especially for the purpose of preparing for the competitive university entrance examination is an important, widespread phenomenon in ... read more