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
'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