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Are Jordan and Tunisia's exports becoming more technologically sophisticated? Analysis using highly disaggregated export databases (English)

There is a growing consensus that what you export matters for growth (see for instance, Haussman and al. 2007 and Krishna and Maloney (2011)). This paper examines whether and to what extent Jordan and Tunisia, the two most globally integrated countries of the Middle East and North Africa region, are moving up the technological ladder. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 67248 FEB 01, 2012

Diop, Ndiame; Ghali, Sofiane Disclosed

The trade performance of the Middle East and North Africa (English)

This paper characterizes the trade performance of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) over the past 15 years. Cross-section results show that MENA's exports to the outside world were only one third of their potential in recent years, after controlling for the standard determinants of trade. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 64339 JUL 01, 2011

Behar, Alberto; Freund, Caroline Disclosed

Does MENA's governance lead to spatial agglomeration and disparities? (English)

In this paper the author analyze the link between spatial agglomeration, spatial disparities and political governance with an emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. ... See More +

Working Paper 63584 APR 01, 2011

Ganiou Mijiyawa, Abdoul; Kremer, Alexander; Whitmore, Loic Disclosed

Centralization, decentralization and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa (English)

In this paper, the authors examine broadly the intergovernmental structure in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, which has one of the most centralized government structures in the world. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 46719 OCT 01, 2008

Serkan, Mehmet Tosun; Yilmaz, Serdar Disclosed

Economics of 'policy-induced' fragmentation : the costs of closures regime to West Bank and Gaza (English)

Israeli security measures, which were increased in response to the Intifada in 2000, have imposed a major cost on the economy of the West Bank and Gaza, and are heavily undercutting its current and future developmental capacity. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 43821 JAN 01, 2008

Akkaya, Sebnem; Fiess, Norbert; Kaminski, Bartlomiej; Raballand, Gael Disclosed

Job creation in a high growth environment : the MENA region (English)

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is experiencing its strongest economic expansion in three decades. This paper addresses the labor market effects of the ongoing economic boom. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 43820 DEC 01, 2007

Nabli, Mustapha K; Jauregui, Carlos Silva; de Silva, Sara Johansson Disclosed

Explaining large inventories : the case of Iran (English)

According to the national accounts of Iran, during the period of 1988-2003 the annual change in inventories in this economy was highly variable and averaged 7.3 percent of GDP if calculated at current prices. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 37849 SEP 01, 2006

Dobronogov, Anton; Jalali-Naini, Ahmad R. Disclosed

Implicit pension debt in the Middle-East and North Africa: magnitude and fiscal implications (English)

This paper breaks down the contingent liability of a mandatory pension system into two components: the implicit pension debt and the pay-as-you-go asset. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 37104 AUG 01, 2006

Robalino, David A.; Bogomolova, Tatyana Disclosed

Water, food security and agricultural policy in the Middle East and North Africa region (English)

The Middle East and North Africa (MNA) region is one of the most water scarce regions in the world, with a regional annual average of 1,200 cubic meters per person (world average is close to 7,000). ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 37105 JUL 01, 2006

Shetty, Shobha Disclosed

Total factor productivity in Tunisian manufacturing sectors: convergence or catch-up with OECD members? (English)

Total Factor Productivity (TFP) is analyzed for six Tunisian manufacturing sectors: food processing, electrical and metal products, chemical activities, textiles, clothing and leather, building materials and ceramics, miscellaneous products. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 37103 JUL 01, 2006

Chaffai, Mohamed El Arbi; Plane, Patrick; Guermazi, Dorra Triki Disclosed

Lebanon - Trade and competition policies for growth : a general equilibrium analysis (English)

This paper attempts to numerically measure the respective impacts of trade and competition-policy based liberalization of Lebanese markets within an applied general equilibrium framework. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 37101 MAY 01, 2006

Dessus, Sebastien; Ghaleb, Joey Disclosed

Trade and investment integration of the Maghreb (English)

This paper discusses a trade strategy for the Maghreb countries, with a particular focus on regional initiatives, as trade expansion could generate higher and sustained growth rates, and employment. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 37102 MAY 01, 2006

Brenton, Paul; Baroncelli, Eugenia; Malouche, Mariem Disclosed

Economic growth in Egypt : constraints and determinants (English)

Egypt accelerated its ongoing transition from a public sector dominated economy to a private sector led and market oriented economy after the collapse of oil prices in the mid-1980s. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 34510 OCT 01, 2005

Dobronogov, Anton; Iqbal. Farrukh Disclosed

Do basic services and poverty programs reach Morocco's poor? Evidence from poverty and spending maps (English)

This report examines the geographic aspects of poverty and social outcomes, and public program and spending responsiveness to that geographic heterogeneity for Morocco. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 31266 NOV 01, 2004

Van de Walle, Dominique

Migration and trade in MENA : problems or solutions? (English)

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is going through a difficult demographic transition that is putting enormous pressures on its labor markets. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 31092 OCT 01, 2004

de Silva, Sara Johansson; Silva-Jauregui, Carlos

Fiscal and public debt sustainability in Egypt (English)

This paper assesses the sustainability of public debt in Egypt in light of recent fiscal trends. It discusses different estimates of the public debt in Egypt, analyzes key fiscal trends underlying recent growth in the public debt, explores whether these trends are structural or cyclical, and simulates debt-output trajectories based on alternative assumptions about key macroeconomic variables. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 30058 SEP 01, 2004

Alba, Pedro; Al-Shawarby, Sherine; Iqbal, Farrukh

Trade and foreign exchange liberalization, investment climate, and foreign direct investments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries (English)

Despite some progress in economic policy - in macroeconomic stability in the 1980s, and in structural reforms in the 1990s - the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries have failed to attract foreign direct investments (FDI). ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 31091 SEP 01, 2004

Sekkat, Khalid; Veganzones-Varoudakis, Marie-Ange

Gainers and losers from trade reform in Morocco (English)

Morocco's national survey of living standards to measure the short-term welfare impacts of prior estimates of the price changes attributed to various agricultural trade reform scenarios for de-protecting cereals - the country's main food staple. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 30057 AUG 01, 2004

Ravallion, Martin; Lokshin, Michael

Current world trade agenda : issues and implications for the MENA Region (English)

The report discusses the imperatives for trade reform in the MENA region as well as an overview of the process and rules of multilateral negotiations and MENA countries' involvement. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 27396 MAY 01, 2004

Dasgupta, Dipak; Nabli, Mustapha Kamel; Srinivasan, T.G.; Varoudakis, Aristomene

Reforms and growth in MENA countries : New empirical evidence (English)

This paper analyzes the linkages among economic reforms, human capital, physical infrastructure, and growth for a panel of 44 developing countries over the period of 1970-80 to 1999. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 29886 MAY 01, 2004

Nabli, Mustapha Kamel; Veganzones-Varoudakis, Marie-Ange

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Are Jordan and Tunisia's exports becoming more technologically sophisticated? Analysis using highly disaggregated export databases (English)
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FEB 01, 2012 67248 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
The trade performance of the Middle East and North Africa (English)
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JUL 01, 2011 64339 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Does MENA's governance lead to spatial agglomeration and disparities? (English)
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APR 01, 2011 63584 Working Paper
Centralization, decentralization and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa (English)
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OCT 01, 2008 46719 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Economics of 'policy-induced' fragmentation : the costs of closures regime to West Bank and Gaza (English)
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JAN 01, 2008 43821 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Job creation in a high growth environment : the MENA region (English)
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DEC 01, 2007 43820 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Explaining large inventories : the case of Iran (English)
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SEP 01, 2006 37849 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Implicit pension debt in the Middle-East and North Africa: magnitude and fiscal implications (English)
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AUG 01, 2006 37104 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Water, food security and agricultural policy in the Middle East and North Africa region (English)
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JUL 01, 2006 37105 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Total factor productivity in Tunisian manufacturing sectors: convergence or catch-up with OECD members? (English)
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JUL 01, 2006 37103 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Lebanon - Trade and competition policies for growth : a general equilibrium analysis (English)
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MAY 01, 2006 37101 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Trade and investment integration of the Maghreb (English)
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MAY 01, 2006 37102 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Economic growth in Egypt : constraints and determinants (English)
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OCT 01, 2005 34510 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Do basic services and poverty programs reach Morocco's poor? Evidence from poverty and spending maps (English)
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NOV 01, 2004 31266 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Migration and trade in MENA : problems or solutions? (English)
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OCT 01, 2004 31092 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Fiscal and public debt sustainability in Egypt (English)
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SEP 01, 2004 30058 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Trade and foreign exchange liberalization, investment climate, and foreign direct investments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries (English)
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SEP 01, 2004 31091 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Gainers and losers from trade reform in Morocco (English)
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AUG 01, 2004 30057 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Current world trade agenda : issues and implications for the MENA Region (English)
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MAY 01, 2004 27396 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Reforms and growth in MENA countries : New empirical evidence (English)
See More +
MAY 01, 2004 29886 Working Paper (Numbered Series)