nep-ara New Economics Papers
on Arab World
Issue of 2011‒09‒22
four papers chosen by
Quentin Wodon
World Bank

  1. Technological Readiness in the Middle East and North Africa – Implications for Egypt By Juliane Brach
  2. Middle East and North African countries' vulnerability to commodity price increases By Loening, Josef L.; Ianchovichina , Elena
  3. The reality about aid and governance: the threshold theory By Jaouadi, Saïd
  4. Customer driven marketing strategy of LIC international in Bahrain: a product specific study By Pillai, Rajasekharan; Rao, M S; Thampy, Jaik; Peter, Jerrin

  1. By: Juliane Brach (GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies)
    Abstract: Innovation is widely recognized as a key driver of sustainable economic development. Governments, international organizations, donors and investors are increasingly interested in evaluating the technological capabilities and innovative capacities in developing countries, but often lack appropriate approaches for such measurement. This paper focuses on innovation and technological progress in the MENA region and discusses the challenges of understanding, expanding and fostering innovative potential in Egypt.
    Keywords: Egypt, Middle East, North Africa, Technology, Developing countries
    Date: 2010–12
  2. By: Loening, Josef L.; Ianchovichina , Elena
    Abstract: New estimates of pass-through coefficients for the Middle East and North Africa indicate that a rise of global food prices is transmitted to a significant degree into domestic food prices. Over the past decade, transmission from international to domestic prices has been particularly high for Egypt, Iraq, Djibouti, United Arab Emirates and West Bank and Gaza, while being particularly low in Tunisia and Algeria. Where international food price increases translate into domestic prices, overall inflation tends to be higher.
    Keywords: Price transmission, inflation, food prices, Middle East and North Africa
    JEL: O23 E31 N15 N17
    Date: 2011–05
  3. By: Jaouadi, Saïd
    Abstract: The aim of this survey is to explain the real impact of aid on governance in the developing countries: including the subsahara and the MENA region during the period 1990-2004 by using the “threshold theory”. Stephen Knack proved that foreign aid had a harmful impact on the governance of the developing countries. But, in this study we used a new econometric approach to test the existence of a threshold and to determine its value. This methodology allowed us to find interesting results in the relation between aid and governance, in the short and in the long run.
    Keywords: foreign aid; governance; threshold; institutions
    JEL: F35 O16 O19
    Date: 2011–02–10
  4. By: Pillai, Rajasekharan; Rao, M S; Thampy, Jaik; Peter, Jerrin
    Abstract: Abstract Marketing of service product requires a slightly different strategy owing to the idiosyncratic nature of service items. The present study explores the customer oriented marketing strategy of LIC International in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The approach of the study was exploratory and personal interview was conducted to contribute major input source to the research. The company has been following a different marketing strategy in the study area different from the conventional approach in the home country. The customer focused marketing strategy was reviewed in seven Ps frame work.
    Keywords: Service marketing; LIC international; insurance marketing; Seven Ps
    JEL: M31 G22
    Date: 2011

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