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Can Africa Surprise the World by Delivering the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) by the end of 2017

By Abdalla Hamdok, Executive Secretary a.i. UNECA   During the 50th Anniversary of both the OAU/AU the vision of the African continent for the next 50 ... read more


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Egypt: Youth Essay Competition – Round II

The Economic Research Forum and the World Bank are pleased to announce the second round of the “Youth Essay Competition”. In this round, young Egyptians are invited to submit essays ... read more


Publications
Working Papers

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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Working Papers

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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Working Papers

Accessibility, Transportation Cost and Regional Growth: A Case Study for Egypt

Dina Elshahawany, Eduardo A. Haddad and Michael L. Lahr

The potential ability of transport infrastructure investments to produce transport benefits depends on the travel time reductions and accessibility. In this paper, we use an interregional computable general equilibrium (CGE) ... read more


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Inequality of Opportunities among Tunisian Children over Time and Space

Hatem Jemmali

This paper attempts to provide additional light on the structure and dynamics of inequality of opportunity among Tunisian children during the period 2005-2010. The main steps involved in the analysis ... read more


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Policy Perspectives

The Case for Improving Water Efficiency in MENA Countries

Marc Jeuland

A range of contemporary pressures – rising populations, economic development, and climate change – are increasing the strain on water supplies in many regions of the world today. Nowhere is ... read more


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Working Papers

Deciphering the Relationship between Internal Migration and Regional Disparities in Tunisia

Mohamed Amara and Hatem Jemmali

This paper analysis the key factors that shape inter-governorates migration in Tunisia, focusing mainly on the role of distance, labor market characteristics, human capital and per capita expenditure in driving ... read more


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Working Papers

Asymmetric Growth Impact of Fiscal Policy: A Post-Shock Policy Scenario for Egypt

Hany Abdel-Latif and Tapas Mishra

This paper empirically explores how fiscal policy represented by acceleration in government spending exerts asymmetric effects on economic growth in the context of a developing country, Egypt in particular. By ... read more


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Annual Conferences

Regional Economic Cooperation, Peace and Development

ERF 23rd Annual Conference ERF's Annual Conference has become the premiere regional event for economists of the Middle East, where new ideas are born, nourished and promoted, where the community of ... read more


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Working Papers

Informal Competition, Firms’ Productivity and Policy Reforms in Egypt

Nesma Ali and Boris Najman

This paper investigates the effect of the competition stemmed from informal firms on formal firms’ productivity in Egypt. Using the World Bank’s Enterprise Surveys, we update the two-step methodology of ... read more


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Edited Volumes

Arabic Translation of: Capital in the Twenty First Century

Thomas Piketty

The Economic Research Forum (ERF) is pleased to announce the publication of the Arabic translation of Thomas Piketty's book: Capital in the Twenty-First Century. The book is co-published by Dar ... read more


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Working Papers

Rates of Return to Education in Twenty Two Arab Countries: An Update and Comparison between MENA and the Rest of the World

Zafiris Tzannatos, Ishac Diwan and Joanna Abdel Ahad

Using a unique dataset, the study fills an important empirical gap in discussions about labor outcomes in the Arab region by estimating the rates of return to education (RoRE) for ... read more