nep-ara New Economics Papers
on Arab World
Issue of 2013‒09‒13
five papers chosen by
Paul Makdissi
University of Ottawa

  1. Likely Candidates: Next BRICs? Turkey By Fatih Ozatay
  2. Do Exchange Rates Affect Inflation? Evidence from Emerging Market Economies By Baki Demirel; Baris Alpaslan; Emre Guneser Bozdag
  3. Towards more real-live teachings of business statistics: a Review of Challenges, Teaching Innovations and Strategies for Reform in Egypt By Dina El Kayaly
  4. What is unpaid female labour worth? Evidence from the Time Use Studies of Iran in 2008 and 2009 By Ghazi Tabatabaei, M.; Mehri, N.; Messkoub, M.
  5. Mondialisation et inégalités des salaires : cas de la Tunisie By Amaidi, Aicha

  1. By: Fatih Ozatay
    Date: 2013–09
  2. By: Baki Demirel (University of Gaziosmanpasa, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Economics); Baris Alpaslan (University of Manchester, School of Social Sciences, Economics); Emre Guneser Bozdag (University of Gazi, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Economics)
    Abstract: After 1980s, chronic inflation in Turkey has shaken the confidence in the domestic currency, and thus operating debit-credit transactions through dollars. The aim of this study is to analyse the impact of exchange rate pass-through into inflation in both Turkey and emerging market economies that were highly dollarized and shifted to a flexible exchange rate regime, together with inflation targeting policy in an attempt to switch to the advanced economy, and to examine whether stabilization programs under flexible exchange rate regimes and particularly inflation targeting policy may eliminate dollarization in the periods 1995-2001 and 2002-2010.
    Keywords: De-Dollarization, Inflation Targeting, Exhange Rate Pass-Through
    JEL: E42 E52 E58
    Date: 2013–09
  3. By: Dina El Kayaly (Regional Information Technology Institute RITI, Egypt)
    Abstract: Importance of the topic: Whether designing new products, running a production process, evaluating current customers or prospecting new customers, today’s business managers face greater complexities. Statistics provide managers with more confidence in dealing with uncertainty in spite of the flood of available data. It supports managers in their decision making process and provide more stable leadership to their staff. The objective of the article: Over the past few decades, large amount of research was dedicated to the teaching of statistics, leading to changing course content and structure, in both introductory and advanced courses for statisticians and those from other disciplines. In the light of such trend future directions in the teaching and learning of statistics must take into account new innovative educational instructions, educational technologies and the abundance of Web resources that are now available. This article studies different aspects of currently identified challenges in the teaching and learning of statistics in Egypt and gives an overview of useful strategies and innovations for developing real-live statistics courses in the context of recommendations for reforms.Methodology: The article presents a review of the literature on the topic of statistics education and gives instructors a set of guidelines for generating new and effective teaching material. The article also studies the probable effect of new innovative educational instructions, educational technologies and the abundance of Web resources through depth interviews with professional experts and some customers of such courses. The summarized recommendations incorporate many innovations employed in a variety of successful statistics classes today in Egypt.
    Keywords: Statistics education, Technological innovation, Teaching and learning statistics, Statistical literacy
    Date: 2013–09
  4. By: Ghazi Tabatabaei, M.; Mehri, N.; Messkoub, M.
    Abstract: This paper uses the Time Use Survey of Iran of 2008 and 2009 to estimate the monetary value of unpaid domestic work of urban housewives. The surveys recorded domestic work activities such as cooking and cleaning and general care of household members as well as care of children and their education. Using the market-based approach to estimate the monetary value of unpaid domestic work we collected data on the cost of buying in services for domestic work and for education of children from ‘nursing agencies’ and private education colleges in main cities of Iran in the summer of 2011 that were adjusted to obtain the 2008 and 2009 prices.The market value of domestic work of urban housewives was estimated to be US$25 billion in 2008 and US$29 billion in 2009. These were about 8.6 per cent of non-oil GDP in the same years. Our estimates complement other findings from around the world that confirm substantial contribution of housewives to the economy. These contributions have gone unrecorded and not compensated in most countries. At a minimum, housewives can be insured against basic contingencies of life such has health problems, poverty and disabilities and supported in old age. Our work and other studies do provide the economic and social arguments for costing and putting into practice the long overdue support for housewives; they have earned it!
    Keywords: economic evaluation;Iran;social insurance;care economy;domestic unpaid work;feminism and gender studies;generations and regeneration;production and reproduction;time-use
    Date: 2013–08–29
  5. By: Amaidi, Aicha
    Abstract: This article proposes to study the effects of globalization on income inequality. In a first part, we try to present a theoretical framework reflecting the Heckscher-Ohlin-Samuelson (HOS) and the Stolper Samuelson model to study this relationship. In a second part, we present a review of empirical literature showing the different studies testing these hypotheses. Finally, in the third part, we try to empirically test these hypotheses in the case of Tunisian manufacturing industries.
    Keywords: Mondialisation –Inégalités salariales –Travail qualifié –Travail non qualifié
    JEL: J21
    Date: 2013–05–29

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