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Did the Arab Spring Reduce MENA Countries' Growth?

Mahmoud Arayssi, Ali Fakih and Nathir Haimoun ()
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Nathir Haimoun: University of Lethbridge

No 12161, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper examines the economic ramifications of the recent political reconfigurations that the MENA region witnessed, commonly known as the Arab Spring, utilizing MENA countries data during period 2005-2016. Using the Arellano-Bond dynamic panel estimation, the paper estimates a growth model using the difference in the log of GDPC between periods t and t+1. Buttressed by sufficient empirical evidence, the paper's findings corroborate that the Arab Spring had been negatively associated with growth.

Keywords: Arab Spring; growth; MENA countries; panel data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G2 N25 O16 P48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 16 pages
Date: 2019-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ara, nep-gro, nep-isf and nep-war
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