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The Effect of Public Sector on Private Jobs: Evidence From the Occupied West Bank

Belal Fallah

This paper estimates the short run effect of creating more public jobs on private employment in the occupied West Bank. Unlike most cited research, the results provide evidence that favors ... 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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L’économie Peut-elle Etre Solidaire et Plurielle? Cogito Sur le Pluralisme Economique

H. Zaoual

Cet article est une tentative de synthèse des principaux résultats de la théorie des sites symboliques d’appartenance. Celle ci découle d’une critique radicale de la transposition des modèles économiques d’un ... read more


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The Political Economy of State Business Relations and of Growth in the MENA Region (Phase II)

ERF invites affiliates and non-ERF affiliates to submit proposals that enhance the understanding of the political economy of economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The ... read more


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The Political Economy of the Private Sector in the Middle East

The MENA region suffers from a fragile private sector that is weakly connected with global markets and thrives largely under state patronage. Although extensive state-business interactions can form the basis ... read more


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Private Banking and Crony Capitalism in Egypt

Ishac Diwan and Marc Schiffbauer

In Egypt, the bulk of bank loans during 2003-2010 went to politically connected firms. At the same time, the banking sector was liberalized increasingly operated around competitive and profit-maximizing principles. ... read more


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Is There an Arab Variety of Capitalism?

Steffen Hertog

This paper argues that capitalism in Arab low- to mid-income countries is organized in a distinct and recognizable pattern. The key stylized facts are: a stretched, over-committed and interventionist state; ... read more


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Policy Briefs

The US Fracking Boom, Oil Prices and Policy Options for Arab Oil Producers

Romesh Vaitilingam

In a Nutshell In the absence of the US fracking boom, the global price of crude oil since 2011 would have been as much as $10 per barrel higher. This effect pales ... read more


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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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Political Connections and Public Procurement in Turkey: Evidence from Construction Work Contracts

Esra Çeviker Gürakar and Tuba Bircan İldiri

Using a unique dataset of 17,937 high value public work construction procurements made between 2004 and 2011, this paper provides systematic evidence on favoritism in public procurement in Turkey. While ... read more


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The Political Economy of Contemporary Arab Societies

ERF has organized a workshop on "The Political Economy of Contemporary Arab Societies", in Beirut, Lebanon, in collaboration with The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), ... read more


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The Political Economy of Contemporary Arab Societies

ERF has organized a workshop on "The Political Economy of Contemporary Arab Societies", in Beirut, Lebanon, in collaboration with The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), ... read more


Publications
Working Papers

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