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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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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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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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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


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Southwest as the New Internal Migration Destination in Turkey

Ali Akarca and Aysit Tansel

Antalya and Muğla provinces located in southwestern Turkey have emerged as new magnets for internal migration in the country.  Socio-economic, demographic and labor market characteristics of immigrants coming to these ... read more


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Out of Pocket Education Expenditure and Household Budget: Evidence from Arab Countries

Reham Rizk and Hala Abou-Ali

The paper attempts to present a comparative study for patterns of household expenditure on education using different groups of population. The paper based its empirics on cross sectional evidence from ... read more


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Regional Growth in Tunisia: Economic Geography Forces and Industrial Structure

Zouhour Karray and Slim Driss

Abstract The purpose of this paper is to explain regional growth and agglomeration of industrial activities in Tunisia between 2000 and 2005. Based on the contributions of the new economic geography, and the ... read more


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Evaluation of Tunisian Regions’ Efficiency Using DEA and TOBIT Models

Lamia Mokaddem

The main objective of the Tunisian regional policy in the forthcoming period is to reduce disparities between the regions. Within this scope, regions try to benefit from a set of ... read more


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Determinants of FDI Location in Egypt: Empirical Analysis Using Governorate Panel Data

Shima’a Hanafy

We empirically analyze the determinants of inward foreign direct investment (FDI) in Egypt employing a novel panel dataset of 26 Egyptian governorates for the period 1992–2008. Using the case of ... read more


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Mohamed Bakhshoodeh

Areas of Interest: Food policy Poverty and welfare Rural development Education: Ph.D., Agriculture Economics, University of Aberdeen, 2000 MSc., Agriculture Economics, Shiraz University, 1989 Experience: Professor and Head of Agricultural Economics Department, Agricultural College, Shiraz University, Iran, 2007-Present Member ... read more


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Formal and Informal Social Protection in Iraq

Najat El Mekkaoui and Hillary Johnson

We study formal and informal insurance in Iraq using empirical data from a household survey. We study access to social security, health insurance, and retirement. Then, we examine the types ... read more


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Urban Rural Poverty Comparisons in Tunisia: A Robust Statistical Approach

Abstract Poverty analysis conducted in Tunisia so far depends heavily upon the choice of poverty lines. The latter are usually constructed by considering a fraction of median incomes. This yields large ... read more


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Wage Differential between Urban and Rural Palestine: The Shadow of Palestinian- Israeli Conflict

Yousef Daoud and Belal Fallah

The objective of this paper is to explore the impact of Israel's development restrictions on average wages in area C, in Palestine. Utilizing an extensive labor force data, we show ... read more


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Does Infrastructure Mitigate the Effect of Urban Concentration on Poverty in Developing Countries?

Khalid Sekkat

The paper focuses on a poorly investigated issue, although highly challenging for developing countries, which is the nexus between urban concentration, poverty and infrastructure. A system of equations is estimated ... read more


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How Does Urban Concentration Affect Poverty in Developing Countries?

Khalid Sekkat

The present paper addresses an important issue for developing countries namely the interaction between urban concentration (defined as agglomeration of population in large cities) and poverty. It provides the estimation ... read more