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ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND GOVERNANCE IN THE ARAB REGION — A REVIEW OF RECENT LITERATURE TO PRIORITIZE POLICY CHALLENGES

Mounir Mahmalat () and Denise Sumpf
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Mounir Mahmalat: Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland
Denise Sumpf: United Nations Economic and Social, Commission for Western Asia, Beirut, Lebanon

Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship (JDE), 2020, vol. 25, issue 01, 1-26

Abstract: The “Arab Spring” drew attention worldwide to the dire socio-economic conditions in many Arab countries. Efforts to explain, address and resolve these challenges led to a surge in both academic research as well as a plethora of policy recommendations from very different perspectives. By focusing on a crucial area for employment and growth in the Arab region — economic governance and entrepreneurship — the present paper consolidates the vast research and policy recommendations available based on a ‘best evidence’ approach and identifies three priority policy challenges to facilitate entrepreneurship: competition policy, access to finance and entrepreneurial education. We argue that improvement of economic governance tailored to improve these policy areas is a crucial lever for promoting entrepreneurship and creating employment in Arab countries. Highlighting interdependences between these areas, we derive a set of recommendations for each of the identified policy challenges.

Keywords: Economic governance; entrepreneurship; private sector development; Arab region; MENA; best evidence review (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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