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FY 2008/2009 Research Topic: 4-06
Competitiveness and Constraints of Private Companies in the Middle East


Since the beginning of 1990s, some Middle Eastern countries have implemented effective economic reform that expects a private sector to be the main engine of economic growth. As a result, the share of private entities in some economies has increased gradually in recent years. However, the private companies seem to face various obstacles due to immature market conditions they take a share.

In this context, this research is to analyze the attainment and constraints of private companies in some reform minded Middle Eastern economies. We first review the transition of development policies in the countries we focus on, and then study about current state of the private companies empirically using micro-data that were disseminate recently by international organizations, research institute, and so forth. Based on these research works, we attempt to make clear the peculiarities of private entities in some Middle East economies.


April 2008 - March 2010


Members of the Research Project

KASHIWAGI Kenichi (Researcher, University of Tsukuba)
IWASAKI Erina (Junior Fellow, Hitotsubashi University)
NAGAOKA Shinsuke (Doctoral Student & JSPS Research Fellow, Kyoto University)