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Financial Markets of the Middle East and North Africa: The Past and Present

Yochanan Shachmurove

PIER Working Paper Archive from Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract: The recent political developments in the Middle East have prompted increased scrutiny of the economies of the nations lying in this region. Over the past few months, the financial markets of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have been affected by the speculations that existed before the war in Iraq as well as its subsequent repercussions. Factors such as lagging domestic, political reforms, government interference, and inflexible monetary and fiscal policies remain obstacles to privatization, globalization, and foreign investment in MENA economies. As the economies enter the post-war recovery phase, reform of financial markets seems necessary to accelerate economic growth.

Keywords: Middle East and North African (MENA) Emerging Financial Markets; Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, Turkey; Foreign Direct Investment; Globalization and Growth; Iraq War; Gulf War; Macroeconomic and Financial Indicators (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E0 E1 F3 F4 G1 N2 O4 O5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2003-06-01
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