nep-ara New Economics Papers
on Arab World
Issue of 2010‒01‒10
two papers chosen by
Quentin Wodon
World Bank

  1. Institutional and Regulatory Frameworks of Privatisation and FDI: A Comparative Study between Egypt and Argentina By Naguib Shokralla, Rania
  2. Children in immigrant families in the Netherlands: a statistical portrait and a review of the literature By Helga A. G. De Valk; Kris R. Noam; Alinda M. Bosch; Gijs C. N. Beets

  1. By: Naguib Shokralla, Rania
    Abstract: This paper aims at investigating the difference between the Egyptian and Argentinean approach to privatisation and FDI and how their different policies, institutions and regulations affected the progress of their respective privatisation programmes and FDI participation. The analysis indicates that, in Egypt, the legal framework of privatisation did not explicitly incorporate FDI participation. FDI regulations were developed separately from privatisation regulations. As a result, a foreign investor in Egypt is faced with multiple laws and multiple regulating agencies for FDI. Unlike in Argentina, the legal framework of privatisation explicitly incorporated the participation of FDI, and FDI regulations were totally liberalised. This explains why FDI participation in Argentine privatisation during 1989 – 2000 accounted for 63% of privatisation proceeds, while, in Egypt, FDI participation accounted for only 24% of privatisation proceeds during 1993 – 2000.
    Keywords: Privatisation; FDI; Egypt; Argentina; regulations
    Date: 2009
  2. By: Helga A. G. De Valk; Kris R. Noam; Alinda M. Bosch; Gijs C. N. Beets
    Abstract: Special Series on Children in Immigrant Families in Affluent Societies<br /><br /> Of the total population of the Netherlands, about 19 per cent are foreign born or are born in the Netherlands with at least on parent born abroad. Almost 800,000 children (22.3 per cent of all children) are in immigrant families. Over 15 per cent of these children are foreign born. The rest have been born in the Netherlands each to at least one foreign-born parent. Europe is the most important region of origin of children in immigrant families. The Antilles and Aruba, Germany, Morocco, Suriname and Turkey are the major countries of origin.
    Keywords: child poverty; discrimination; education; health; immigration; migrant children; migrant families; migration policy; rights of minority children;
    JEL: F22
    Date: 2009

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