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The Economic and Political Aftermath of the Arab Spring
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The Economic and Political Aftermath of the Arab Spring

Perspectives from Middle East and North African Countries

9781782540908 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Carlo Altomonte, Associate Professor of Economics of European Integration, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy and Massimiliano Ferrara, Associate Professor of Mathematical Economics at Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Italy
Publication Date: 2014 ISBN: 978 1 78254 090 8 Extent: 256 pp
The economies of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have always been characterized by economic volatility and social disparities. The recent ‘Arab Spring’ wave of protests has increased political uncertainty and instability in the region, and this timely book provides an in-depth analysis of the subsequent changes from economic, political and environmental perspectives.

The international contributors provide a comprehensive overview of the situation in the Mediterranean Basin, addressing a wide range of contributing factors including:

• productivity and innovation
• trade and foreign investment
• changing geo-political equilibria
• labour markets and the role of women
• the environment, climate change and energy sourcing.

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The economies of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have always been characterized by economic volatility and social disparities. The recent ‘Arab Spring’ wave of protests has increased political uncertainty and instability in the region, and this timely book provides an in-depth analysis of the subsequent changes from economic, political and environmental perspectives.

The international contributors provide a comprehensive overview of the situation in the Mediterranean Basin, addressing a wide range of contributing factors including:

• productivity and innovation
• trade and foreign investment
• changing geo-political equilibria
• labour markets and the role of women
• the environment, climate change and energy sourcing.

The book concludes that the key problems shared by MENA countries are the uncertain economic prospects coupled with high levels of unemployment – a combination that, through different channels, limits technological and innovative capacities.

This book will prove an enlightening read for scholars, researchers and students in various academic fields including development economics, development studies, political economy, international politics and Islamic studies.
Contributors
Contributors: S. Alessandrini, C. Altomonte, A.H. Bayar, M.G. Bosco, S. Contessi, F. de Nicola, A. Farshbaf, M. Ferrara, L. Li, R. Mavilia, M. Nicolini, J.B. Nugent, S. Porcheri, V. Talbot, H. Youssef
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Contents:

MENA Countries: Economic and Political Perspectives in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring: An Introduction
Carlo Altomonte and Massimiliano Ferrara

1. Gulf Monarchies’ Role in the New MENA Region
Valeria Talbot

2. Does MENA Trade Too Little, both within the Region and with Other Regions? If so, Why, and if not Why Not?
Arian Farshbaf and Jeffrey B. Nugent

3. Employment Creation through inward FDI in the EMFTA and Employment Linkages Within Sectors
Sergio Alessandrini

4. International Trade, Female Labor and Entrepreneurship in MENA Countries
Silvio Contessi, Francesca di Nicola and Li Li

5. Climate Change Challenges and Policies for the MENA Countries
Ali H. Bayar and Hoda Youssef

6. The Energy Sector in Mediterranean and MENA Countries
Marcella Nicolini and Simona Porcheri

7. Innovation Performance of MENA Countries. Where do we Stand?
Maria G. Bosco and Roberto Mavilia

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