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The Economic Determinants of Political Islam: an Empirical Investigation of the Arab Spring in Egypt

May Attallah ()

No 939, Working Papers from Economic Research Forum

Abstract: This paper empirically studies the voting outcomes of the first post-revolution presidential elections in Egypt. In light of the strong success of Islamist candidate Mohamed Morsi, I identify three dimensions which can affect voting outcomes: human capital stock, wealth and employment structure. I find that less educated, poorer and more unequal districts support more Islamists. I also find an effect of the employment structure of a district on voting. I test the results by comparing the voting outcomes of the presidential elections to those of the 2011 and 2012 constitutional referendum.

Pages: 14
Date: 2015-09, Revised 2015-09
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