Job Creation in the Arab Economies: Navigating Through Difficult Waters

01 Apr 2010

With a population estimated at around 359 million people, the Arab world is by no means a unified economic entity. Studying the labor market issues in the Arab world should start by acknowledging and incorporating the diversity of socio-economic outcomes within it. This paper first argues that labor market issues in the Arab regions can be meaningfully analyzed by grouping Arab countries into 6 economic categories. These categories are formed by the interaction between hydrocarbon endowments and labor market characteristics.


The Arab Human Development Report Research Paper Series is a medium for sharing recent research commissioned to inform the Arab Human Development Report, and further research in the field of human development. The AHDR Research Paper Series is a quick-disseminating, informal publication whose titles could subsequently be revised for publication as articles in professional journals or chapters in books. The authors include leading academics and practitioners from the Arab countries and around the world. The findings, interpretations and conclusions are strictly those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of UNDP or United Nations Member States. The present paper was authored by Jad Chaaban.

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