Proceedings of the Middle East Economic Association

2003 Proceedings of the Middle East Economic Association

Selected condensed papers presented in the 23rd annual meeting of MEEA in conjunction with Allied Social Sciences Association in
Washington DC, U.S.A., January 3-5, 2003

Full papers can be requested from the authors.

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Loyola University Chicago, September, 2003.

ISSN: 2334-282X

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

Research Associates
Chitra Karan, Loyola University Chicago
Maha Khan, Loyola University Chicago
Timothy C. Nelson, Loyola University Chicago

Editorial Advisory Board for Volume 5
Parvin Alizadeh, London Guildhall University
Sohrab Behdad, Denison University
Fatemeh Moghadam,Hofstra University
Jeffrey Nugent, University of Southern California
Jennifer Olmsted, Occidental College
Edward Sayre, Agnes Scott College
Wassim Shahin, Lebanese American University
Bulent Uyar, University of Northern Iowa
Tariq Yousef, Georgetown University

Contents - Volume 5

Female Labor Force Participation, Fertility and the Timing of Marriage in Morocco
by Sami Zouari and Ragui Assaad
University of Sfax and University of Minnesota

Rule of Law, Contract Enforcement, and the Level and Maturity of International Lending:
Evidence from MENA

by Jorge Martinez Vazquez and Wasseem Mina
Georgia State University

Can Fiscal Decentralization Contribute to Poverty Reduction?
Challenges Facing a Low Income Country

by Mona Said, Zuzana Brixiova, Edward R. Gemayel
International Monetary Fund

Linkages and Volatility Transmission Between Oil Markets and Stock Markets of the
GCC Oil Exporting Countries

by Shawkat Hammoudeh, Eisa Al-Eisa and Rami Al-Nsour
Drexel University, Saudi Arabia Monetary Agency and National Bank Of Abu Dhabi

A Panel Approach to Investigating the Persistence in Turkish Real Exchange Rate

by Haluk Erlat and Nilufer Ozdemir
Middle East Technical University and Central Bank of Turkey

The Choice Between Accommodative and Non-Accommodative Exchange Rate Policy
in the Presence of Foreign Shocks

by Serhan Ciftcioglu
Eastern Mediterranean University

Poverty in Egypt: 1974 - 1996
by Tamer Rady, George A.Slotsve and Khan Mohabbat
Ain-Shams University and Northern Illinois University

Measuring Poverty and Inequality in Turkey
by Yusuf Ziya Ozcan and Kivilcim Metin Ozcan
The Middle East Technical University and Bilkent University

Intra Industry Trade and Labour Market Adjustment in Turkey
by Guzin Erlat and Haluk Erlat
Middle East Technical University

The Labor Market Effects of Palestinian Return Migration
by Edward Sayre
Agnes Scott College


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