Proceedings of the Middle East Economic Association

2018 Proceedings of the Middle East Economic Association

Issues 1&2: Selected papers presented in the

16th International MEEA Conference in TED University Trade Research Center in Ankara, Turkey May 18-20,  2017

38th Annual Conference of MEEA in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 4-7, 2018

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Presentation of the articles in the Topics in Middle Eastern and North African Economies was made possible by a limited license granted to Loyola University Chicago and Middle East Economics Association from the authors who have retained all copyrights in the articles. The articles in this volume shall be cited as follows: (authors/title)Topics in Middle Eastern and North African Economies, electronic journal, Volume 20, Number, Middle East Economic Association and Loyola University Chicago, 2018,

ISSN: 2334-282X

Editor and Publisher of Electronic Journal
E. Mine Cinar, Loyola University Chicago, IL, USA

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Nicole B. Karwowski, Loyola University Chicago, IL, USA
Ramakanth Tallapragada, Loyola University Chicago, IL, USA

Editorial Advisory Board for Volume 20
Hassan Aly, Ohio State University and Doha Institute for Graduate Studies,Qatar
Mohammed Benbouziane, University of Tlemcen, Algeria
Claude Berthomieu, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France
Hadi Esfahani, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
Alpay Filiztekin, Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey
Hisham Foad, San Diego State University, CA, USA 
Shawkat Hammoudeh, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA 
Nathalie Hilmi, Centre Scientifique de Monaco, Pricipality of Monaco
Ali Kutan, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL, USA 
Mahdi Majbouri, Babson College, MA, USA 
Jeffrey Nugent, University of Southern California, LA, USA
Edward Sayre, University of Southern Mississippi, MS, USA 
Rahel Schomaker, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Villach, Austria and German Research Institute for Public Administration in Speyer, Germany

Topics in Middle Eastern and North African Economies - Volume 20, Number 1, May 2018 

Guest Co-Editors

Ayca Tekin Koru, TED University Trade Research Center (TEDUTRC), Ankara, Turkey

Nergiz Dincer, TED University Trade Research Center (TEDUTRC), Ankara, Turkey


The Relationship Between Energy Efficiency and Economic Performance in G20 Countries
Kivilcim Metin Özcan, Social Sciences University of Ankara, Turkey
Aysegul Uckun Ozkan, KTO Karatay University, Department of Energy Management, Turkey

What Makes Arab Economies Fail? An Assessment of the Complementary Relationship Between Socio-Economic Reforms and Institutions
Islam Abdelbary, Arab Academy for Science and Technology, Egypt and Plymouth University, UK
James Benhin, Plymouth Business School, Plymouth University, UK

Economic Diversification and Trade Openness in Algeria: Empirical Investigation
Farah Elias Elhannani, Faculty of Economics, University of Mila, Algeria
AbouBakr Boussalem, Faculty of Economics, University of Mila, Algeria 
Mohamed Benouziane, Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Tlemcen, Algeria

The Economic Impact of Immigration on the Host Countries: The Case of Saudi-Arabia
Eslam Elbahlawan, Universita delgi Studi di Milano
Abdulla Al-Maadeed, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Cronyism as an Outcome of Institutional Settings: The Case of Pre-2011 Egypt
Mohamed Ismail Sabry, Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Germany

The Economic Complexity Approach to Development Policy: Where Turkey Stands in Comparison to OECD plus China?
Nuran Coskun, Mersin University, Turkey
Kenan Lopcu, Cukurova University, Turkey
Ismail Tuncer, Mersin University, Turkey 

Sino-Algerian Partnership and Its Impact on the Emergence of the Algerian Case
Zemouri Messaoud, Faculty of Economics at Batna University, Algeria
Haroun Tahar, Faculty of Economics at Batna University, Algeria
Merazga Aissa, Faculty of Economics at Batna University, Algeria

An Estimation of Financial Cycle to Determine Counter Cyclical Capital Buffer
Burçhan Sakarya, TED University Yildirim Beyazit Ankara, Ministry of Development,Turkey
Münür Yayla, Senior Banking Expert, Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency, Turkey

Natural Resources, Quality of Institutions and Public Spending: The Algerian Case
Rima Souidi, PhD Student at ENSSEA, Permanent Researcher at CREAD, Algiers
Djamila Kasmi Belkacem, Professor at ENSSEA, Algiers
Lylia Sami, ESGCI and CREAD, Algiers

Topics in Middle Eastern and North African Economies - Volume 20, Number 2, September 2018

Decoupling Economic Growth and CO2 Emissions in the MENA: Can It Really Happen?
Nathalie Hilmi, Center Scientifique de Monaco
Sevil Acar, Altinbas University, Istanbul, Turkey
Alain Safa, Skilpartners, France
Geoffroy Bonnemaison, EDHEC Business School, France

Return Migration and Social Mobility in MENA: Evidence from Labor Market Panel Surveys
Vladmir Hlasny, Ewha Womans University, Seoul
Shireen Alazzawi, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

Qatar National Bank and Degree of Solvency
Mahmoud Haddad, University of Tennessee Martin
Sam Hakim, Boston, MA

The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Real Wages in Egypt: A Sectoral Empirical Analysis
 Hanan AbouelFarag, Damanhour University, Egypt
Mohamed Abed, Alexandria University, Egypt 

Trade and Conflict: The Case of the Arab Maghreb Union
Rayhana Chabbouh El Asmi, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia

Is the Food Price Volatility Responsible for Inflation Volatility? An Investigation for Turkey
Kenan Lopcu,  Cukurova University, Turkey
Seda Sengul,  Cukurova University, Turkey

Sovereign Wealth Funds: Macroeconomic and Financial Linkages
Abdullah Al Hassan, IMF
Sue Brake, Senior Investment Consultant, Willis Towers Watson
Michael Papaioannou, IMF
Martin Skancke, Chairman of Principles, Responsible Investments

Testing Productivity Bias Hypothesis in Middle East Countries
Ferda Halicioglu, Istanbul Medeniyet University
Natalya Ketenci, Yediteppe University

Standards and Market Power: Evidence from Tunisia
Hendrink Kruse, University of Goettingen
Inmaculada Martinez-Zarzoso, University of Goettingen 
Leila Baghdadi, Tunis Business School


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