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A Palestinian Growth History, 1968-2000


  • Dessus, Sébastien

    () (The World Bank)


The West Bank and Gaza have been occupied by Israel since 1967. As a result, it experienced a deep integration of its factor and goods markets with the richer economy of Israel. However, such an integration did not bring significant “dynamic” gains. Time series analysis indeed suggest that productivity growth hardly contributed to Palestinian GDP. Besides, the decomposition of income convergence patterns with Israel implies a rather unusual phenomenon of divergence in productivity. Economies of adaptation and scale that could have been encouraged by greater integration with Israel remained scarce, or were offset by opposite forces.

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  • Dessus, Sébastien, 2004. "A Palestinian Growth History, 1968-2000," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 19, pages 447-469.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:integr:0294

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    Cited by:

    1. Bar-El Raphael, 2005. "A Typology of Regional Cooperation Projects," Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 11(2), pages 1-17, November.
    2. Astrup Claus & Dessus Sebastien, 2005. "Exporting Goods or Exporting Labor?: Long-term Implications for the Palestinian Economy," Review of Middle East Economics and Finance, De Gruyter, vol. 3(1), pages 38-60, April.

    More about this item


    West Bank and Gaza; Israel; total factor productivity; convergence;

    JEL classification:

    • E13 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Neoclassical
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • N15 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Asia including Middle East
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General


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