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Energy Subsidies in the Arab World

The policy of maintaining tight control of domestic energy prices has characterized the political and economic environment in most Arab countries, together with many other parts of the world, for decades. The objectives behind such a policy range from overall welfare objectives such as expandingmore


Job Creation in the Arab Economies

Many Arab governments in the past two decades embarked on a series of economic reforms, along the lines of the prevalent Washington Consensus, seeking to boost growth and reduce unemployment. Yet these types of reforms have been subject to a lot of criticism. A closer look at Arab sub-regionsmore


Mapping of Climate Change Threats

The aim of this report is to present a comprehensive desk review and mapping exercise for an overview of the impact of climate change on the Arab region. The report is based on existing literature from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), technical papers and expert reports aboutmore


Population Levels, Trends and Policies

The major aim of this study is to provide an overview of population levels and trends as well as population policies for the 22 countries and areas of the Arab Region since 1970. The study also considers future population prospects in the Region to mid-century and the implications of these trendsmore

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Energy Subsidies in the Arab World

While energy subsidies may be seen as achieving some of a country’s objectives, this paper argues they are a costly and inefficient way of doing so. Energy subsidies distort price signals, with serious implications on efficiency and the optimal allocation of resources. Energy subsidies also tend to be regressive, with high-income households and industries benefiting proportionately most from low energy prices.

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