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Trade Policy and Economic Integration in the Middle East and North Africa
Economic Boundaries in Flux

ISBN 9780415360296
Published June 21, 2005 by Routledge
316 Pages

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Book Description

The recent globalization trends have revived a long-standing interest in regional integration in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Despite numerous attempts to encourage economic integration in MENA in the past few decades, there is broad consensus that progress has been painstakingly slow and the record of economic integration in the MENA region largely beset by failure.
This book examines the impact of recent changes in the world economy on trade policy within the MENA region and its economic relations with the rest of the world. It considers regional integration and prospects for trade blocs; trade liberalization and economic restructuring; resource endowments and employment trends; and changes in economic boundaries, especially as a result of labour migration and regional conflicts.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Past Trends and Future Prospects for Growth  Part 2: Integration Patterns, Trade Blocs and Regional Policy  Part 3: Trade and Restructuring: Lessons and Outcomes  Part 4: Resource Endowments, Factor Markets and Employment Issues  Part 5: Economic Boundaries in Flux

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Hassan Hakimian is Senior Lecturer in Economics and Director of International MBA programmes at Cass Business School, City University, London. He specializes in the economic development of Middle Eastern countries. He has authored a book on labour transfer and migration in Iran and is co-editor (with Ziba Moshaver) of another on the role of State and global change in the MENA region. He has published widely and has extensive experience of consultancy in Asia and Africa.
Jeffrey B. Nugent is Professor of Economics at University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He specializes in Development Economics and especially on the following issues and aspects: institutions, international trade and capital flows, agriculture, demographic behaviour, reforms, economic modelling, the effects of income inequality, investment, foreign aid and economic planning in all regions of developing countries.


'Relevant and interesting. I recommend it as a text for applied regional trade as well as for general courses on MENA and economic development.' - Middle East Studies Association