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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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Popular Grievances and Perceptions of Socioeconomic Conditions in the Arab Region Prior to the Uprisings

Melani Cammett and Nisreen Salti

In the wake of the Arab uprisings, analysts have advanced a range of hypotheses about the grievances that formed the backdrop to mass mobilization. To date, little empirical research examines ... read more


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Patterns of Veiling Among Muslim Women

Ishac Diwan and Jeni Klugman

This paper exploits a unique source of data, the Gallup World Poll, and is the first cross-country empirical investigation of veiling patterns in Muslim-majority countries, complementing a rich literature on ... read more


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Individual Preferences for Democracy In the Arab World Explaining the Gap

Mohamad Al-Ississ and Ishac Diwan

We take a new look at the question of the Arab democratic exception. We use the new sixth wave of the World Value Survey, which was collected between 2012 and ... read more


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The Pulse of The Arab Streets

Three years into the transition following the political upheavals in the Arab World, the new rulers in several countries are facing daunting challenges. These include a difficult democratization process and ... read more


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The Pulse of the Arab Street: Understanding the Political Economy of the Arab Uprisings Using Public Opinion Data

Three years into the transition following the political upheavals in the Arab world, the new rulers in several countries are facing daunting challenges. These include a difficult democratization process and ... read more


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Noha El-Mikawy

Areas of Interest: Comparative Politics Political Economics Education: Ph.D. in Comparative Politics Thesis: Predicament of Consensus Building in Transition to Liberal Democracy in Egypt University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 1985-1991 M.A. in ... read more


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Fifty Years of Fiscal Policy in the Arab Region

Ishac Diwan and Tarik Akin

The paper looks at the evolution of public finance in a select number of MENA countries over the past 50 years. The review covers the size of government, how it ... read more


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Changed Regimes, Changed Priorities? Economic and Social Policies after the 2011 Elections in Tunisia and Egypt

Eberhard Kienle

This paper seeks to examine the economic and social policies that key political actors in Tunisia and Egypt advocated and partly implemented after the departure of the former authoritarian rulers, ... read more


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Real Exchange Rates and Export Performance in Oil-Dependent Arab Economies

Ibrahim Elbadawi and Linda Kaltani

Diversifying oil economies, toward manufacturing and more sophisticated products and services, is one of the most pressing public policy challenges facing these countries. This paper provides new evidence about the ... read more


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Understanding Revolution in the Middle East: The Central Role of the Middle Class

Ishac Diwan

The paper argues that the changing interests of the middle class can explain the authoritarianism of the past and the more recent shift to democracy in some, but not all ... read more


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Arab Corporatism

Saifedean Ammous

This paper argues that the modern economic systems of Egypt and Tunisia can best be characterized as corporatist economic systems, rather than socialist or capitalist systems. The emergence of corporatist ... read more


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Understanding Democratic Transitions in The Arab World

Ibrahim Elbadawi and Samir Makdisi

The recent Arab uprisings have forced a new trajectory of transitions to democracy from the long-reigning autocracies that have dominated this region. This paper analyzes the factors that underlie this ... read more