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The Egyptian Labor Market in an Era of Revolution


  • Assaad, Ragui
    (Professor of Planning and Public Affairs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota)

  • Krafft, Caroline
    (PhD Candidate, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota)


This book fills an important gap in the knowledge about labor market conditions in Egypt in the aftermath of the Arab Spring uprisings, and it analyzes the results of the latest round of the Egypt Labor Market Panel Survey carried out in early 2012. The chapters cover topics that are essential to understanding the conditions leading to the Egyptian revolution of 25 January 2011, including the persistence of high youth unemployment, labor market segmentation and rigidity, growing informality, and the declining role of the state as an employer. It includes the first research on the impact of the revolution and the ensuing economic crisis on the labor market, including issues such as changes in earnings, increased insecurity of employment, declining female labor force participation, and the stagnation of micro and small enterprise growth. Comparisons are made to labor market conditions prior to the revolution using previous rounds of the survey fielded in 1988, 1998, and 2006. The chapters make use of this unique longitudinal data to provide a fresh analysis of the Egyptian labor market after the Arab Spring, an analysis that was simply not feasible with previously existing data. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the economics of the Middle East and the political economy of the Arab Spring. Contributors to this volume - Mona Amer, Cairo University Ragui Assaad, University of Minnesota and the Economic Research Forum Ghada Barsoum, American University in Cairo Asmaa Elbadawy, Independent Consultant Rana Hendy, Economic Research Forum Samer Kherfi, American University of Sharjah Caroline Krafft, University of Minnesota Ali Rashed, Population Council Rania Roushdy, Population Council Mona Said, American University in Cairo Rania Salem, University of Toronto Irene Selwaness, Cairo University and the Population Council Maia Sieverding, University of California, San Francisco Jackline Wahba, University of Southampton Chaimaa Yassine, University of Paris 1

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  • Assaad, Ragui & Krafft, Caroline (ed.), 2015. "The Egyptian Labor Market in an Era of Revolution," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198737254.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780198737254

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    1. Rania Salem, 2016. "The gendered effects of labour market experiences on marriage timing in Egypt," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 35(11), pages 283-314, August.
    2. Rana Hendy, 2015. "Women's Participation in the Egyptian Labor Market: 1998-2012," Working Papers 907, Economic Research Forum, revised May 2015.
    3. Maia Sieverding, 2016. "Youth Perspectives on Social Insurance in Egypt: Qualitative Insights on the Gap between Legal and Effective Coverage," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 34(6), pages 851-867, November.
    4. Jackline Wahba & Ragui Assaad, 2017. "Flexible Labor Regulations and Informality in Egypt," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 21(4), pages 962-984, November.
    5. Ragui Assaad & Samir Ghazouani & Caroline Krafft & Dominique J. Rolando, 2016. "Introducing the Tunisia Labor Market Panel Survey 2014," IZA Journal of Labor & Development, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 5(1), pages 1-21, December.

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