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Deficiencies in education and poor prospects for economic growth in the Gulf countries: The case of the UAE

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  • Joan Muysken
  • Samia Nour

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Our paper shows that the deficient educational system and the large share of unskilled foreign workers in the Gulf countries are serious impediments to a successful implementation of the strategies of these countries to reduce their dependence on foreign technologies and to restructure their economies in order to make them less dependent on oil exports. A novel element in our analysis is that we emphasise the role of the deficient educational system as an important problem, next to the well-documented quandary of a high incidence of unskilled foreign workers in the workforce. We use new survey data, both at an establishment level and economy-wide, to provide evidence on how the poor educational facilities lead to a poor provision of training, low skill levels, serious skills mismatch and deficient transfer of knowledge. These inadequate facilities and the lack of incentives to improve them also lead to low R&D efforts to promote local technologies and hamper a restructuring of the economy.

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  • Joan Muysken & Samia Nour, 2006. "Deficiencies in education and poor prospects for economic growth in the Gulf countries: The case of the UAE," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(6), pages 957-980.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:42:y:2006:i:6:p:957-980 DOI: 10.1080/00220380600774756
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    1. Ibrahim M. Abdalla Alfaki, 2016. "Assessment and Dynamic Modeling of the Size of Technology Transfer," Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Springer;Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET), vol. 7(2), pages 600-612, June.
    2. Samia Nour, 2013. "The Incidence and Transfer of Knowledge Within the Arab Societies," Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Springer;Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET), vol. 4(4), pages 406-422, December.
    3. repec:spr:jknowl:v:8:y:2017:i:4:d:10.1007_s13132-016-0355-y is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Nour, Samia, 2011. "Estimating the rate of return to education in Sudan," MERIT Working Papers 033, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    5. Rutledge, Emilie & Madi, Mohamed & Forstenlechner, Ingo, 2014. "Parental influence on female vocational decisions in the Arabian Gulf," MPRA Paper 47521, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. André Mollick, 2011. "The world elasticity of labor substitution across education levels," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 41(3), pages 769-785, December.
    7. Nour, Samia, 2011. "Education, training and skill development policies in Sudan: Macro-micro overview," MERIT Working Papers 032, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    8. Nour, Samia Satti Osman Mohamed, 2010. "Assessment of science and technology indicators in Sudan," MERIT Working Papers 062, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    9. Nour, Samia, 2011. "The use and economic impacts of ICT at the macro-micro levels in the Arab Gulf countries," MERIT Working Papers 059, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    10. Rutledge, Emilie & Alkaabi, Khaled, 2017. "‘Private sector’ Emiratisation: job satisfaction and sociocultural influences," MPRA Paper 76931, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    11. Nour, Samia, 2011. "Assessment of industrial performance and the relationship between skill, technology and input-output indicators in Sudan," MERIT Working Papers 030, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    12. Samia Nour, 2014. "Regional Systems of Innovation and Economic Structure in the Arab Region," Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Springer;Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET), vol. 5(3), pages 481-520, September.
    13. Ryan, James Christopher, 2016. "Old knowledge for new impacts: Equity theory and workforce nationalization," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 69(5), pages 1587-1592.

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