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FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 4-10
Micro Data and Quantitative Analysis in the Middle East

Outline

The major constraint to empirical analyses of the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) economies is the lack of published data. Although some quantitative analyses for MENA economies have been published, most have been based on unpublished or individually collected data. As a result, it is difficult to interpret the generality or implications of the outcome.

In recent years, however, some progress has been made in data dissemination. International organizations or local research institutes have collected and published large-scale micro data for some MENA countries. Moreover, financial data on private enterprises have been accumulated in some countries following the development of stock exchange markets. Consequently, in some countries such as Egypt, quantitative analyses based on published micro data have increased.

In this context, the aim for our research project is to review and summarize pivotal published data and empirical analyses in order to understand the current economic status in MENA in terms of quantitative analysis. Through this, we hope to offer fundamental information for further analysis of the MENA economies.

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