Proceedings of the Middle East Economic Association

2021 Proceedings of the Middle East Economic Association

Issues 1&2: Selected papers presented in the

41st Annual Conference of MEEA/ASSA, Online, January 3-7, 2021

19th International MEEA Conference, Online, Piri Reis University, Istanbul, Turkey, October 9-10, 2021

96th Western Economic Association Conference, Online, June, 2021 

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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/titleTopics in Middle Eastern and North African Economies, electronic journal, Volume 23, Number, 1-2 Middle East Economic Association and Loyola University Chicago, 2021,

ISSN: 2334-282X

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

Research Associate

Abby Peterson, Loyola University Chicago, IL, USA

Editorial Advisory Board for Volume 23

Hassan Aly, Emeritus, Ohio State University, and Dean, Nile University, Cairo, Egypt
Hadi Esfahani, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
Moamen Gouda, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea

Shawkat Hammoudeh, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA  
Nathalie Hilmi, Centre Scientifique de Monaco, Pricipality of Monaco
Mahdi Majbouri, Babson College, MA, USA 
Marcus Marktanner, Kennesaw State University, GA, USA
Mahmoud Mohieldin, The World Bank, USA
Jeffrey Nugent, University of Southern California, CA, USA

Rahel Schomaker, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Villach, Austria and German Research Institute for Public Administration in Speyer, Germany
 Wassim Shahin, Dean, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon

Topics in Middle Eastern and North African Economies - Volume 23, Number 1, May 2021

Guest Co-Editors

Erhan Aslanoglu, Piri Reis University, Istanbul, Turkey

Fatma Dogruel, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey 

Suut Dogruel, Marmara University, Istanbul Turkey

Can Karahasan, Piri Reis University, Istanbul, Turkey


The Impact of Covid-19 On the Selected Turkish Financial Indicators: Empirical Evidence from Toda Yamamoto Causality
Sabri Burak Arzova, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
Bertac Sakir Sahin, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey 

Asymmetric Analysis of Okun’s Law: The Case for Turkey
Pinar Deniz, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
Irem Dogan, Altinbas University, Istanbul, Turkey

Anatolian Tigers:Then and Now
Alpay Filiztekin, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey
Oya Kent, Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey

The Political Anatomy of Economic Crises –the case of Turkey
Hurşit Güneş, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey  

 Divorce and Suicide: A Subnational Analysis in Turkey

Tolga Aksoy, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
Burak Yerlikaya, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey 

 The Relationship Between Political Stability and Portfolio Investments: The Case of Turkey 2007-2020

Sadi Uzunoğlu, Trakya University,  Edirne, Turkey 
Caner Özdurak, Yeditepe UniversityIstanbul, Turkey
Serap Dursun, Trakya University,  Edirne, Turkey  
Association Among Health, Disability and Labor Force Status: A Panel Analysis on Turkish Females 
Burcu Düzgün Öncel, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey

A Pseudo Panel Analysis of the Returns to Field of Study
Bilge Eriş-Dereli, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey

Demet Topal Koç, Kirklareli University,  Edirne, Turkey 
Ercan Eren, Yildiz Technical UniversityIstanbul, Turkey


Multivariate CDS Risk Premium Prediction with SOTA RNNs on MI[N]T Countries
Yasin Kütük; Altinbas University, Istanbul, Turkey

Topics in Middle Eastern and North African Economies - Volume 23, Number 2, September 2021 

Are user fees in health care always evil? Evidence from family planning, maternal, and child health services
Amira El-Shal, Cairo University
Patricia Cubi-Molla, University of London
Mireia Jofre-Bonet, University of London

Beyond the Digital Dividends: Fintect and Extreme Poverty in the Middle East and Africa
Noha Emara, Rutgers University
Mahmoud Mohieldin, Cairo University and IMF
Shooting Down Trade
Uğur Aytun, Kütahya Dumlupınar University
Cem Özgüzel, OECD 

Increasing Access to Finance by Collateral Reform: Evidence from the West Bank and Gaza (Proceedings Version)
Zachary Hrenko, University of Southern California
Jeffrey Nugent, University of Southern California

Political Consensus, Economic Reforms, and Democratic Transitions: Evidence from voting Tunisian reform bills
Nizar Jouini, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
   Manel ben Akal, Military Academy Fondouk Djedid

Monetary policy frameworks in the Middle East and North Africa: How do they compare with other groupings?
David Cobham, Heriot-Watt University

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