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Economic Developments in the West Bank and Gaza since Oslo


  • Fischer, Stanley
  • Alonso-Gamo, Patricia
  • Erickson von Allmen, Ulric


The performance of the Palestinian economy in 1994-2000 was uneven, but for the period as a whole, real per capita income declined despite the mobilisation of substantial amounts of foreign aid and despite considerable progress in establishing a basic institutional framework. This paper argues that economic growth and private investment, in particular, have been adversely affected by closures, by uncertainties about political developments and the direction of policies and policy reforms, by problems of governance, and by the excessive transportation and transaction costs related to the intensification of the permits system.

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  • Fischer, Stanley & Alonso-Gamo, Patricia & Erickson von Allmen, Ulric, 2001. "Economic Developments in the West Bank and Gaza since Oslo," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 111(472), pages 254-275, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:111:y:2001:i:472:p:f254-75

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    2. Wen, Mei & King, Stephen P., 2004. "Push or pull? The relationship between development, trade and primary resource endowment," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 53(4), pages 569-591, April.
    3. Philippe EGGER, 2005. "The economics of peace: Trends and prospects of the Palestinian economy and labour market," International Labour Review, International Labour Organization, vol. 144(1), pages 31-54, March.
    4. Johanes Agbahey & Khalid Siddig & Harald Grethe, 2017. "Labor exports from the West Bank to Israel: between regretting the past and hoping for a better future," EcoMod2017 10133, EcoMod.
    5. Johanes Agbahey & Khalid Siddig & Harald Grethe, 2016. "Consequences of conflict: the impact of the closure regime on the economy of the West Bank economy," EcoMod2016 9197, EcoMod.
    6. Azmat Gani & Biman Chand Prasad, 2006. "Institutional Quality and Trade in Pacific Island Countries," ARTNeT Working Papers 20, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
    7. Johanes Agbahey & Khalid Siddig & Harald Grethe & Jonas Luckmann, 2018. "Trade Policy in a Sovereign Palestinian State: What are the Options in a Final Settlement?," Working Papers 1242, Economic Research Forum, revised 23 Oct 2018.
    8. Azmat Gani & Biman Chand Prasad, 2006. "Institutional Quality and Trade in Pacific Island Countries," Working Papers 2006, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an initiative of UNESCAP and IDRC, Canada..
    9. Rasha Khatib & Awad Mataria, 2010. "Equity in Health Care in The Occupied Palestinian Territory: A Benefit Incidence Analysis," Working Papers 564, Economic Research Forum, revised 11 Jan 2010.

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