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Constraintson Growth in the MENA Region

  • Rina Bhattacharya
  • Hirut Wolde
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    In this paper we contribute to the empirical literature on growth in the MENA region by attempting to quantify the impact of the various constraints faced by local businesses highlighted by the World Bank’s Business Enterprise surveys. To the best of our knowledge this dataset has not been used in any empirical analysis looking at the main constraints on growth in the MENA region. Our empirical results suggest that the key direct constraints to growth in the MENA region are difficulties in access to finance, labor skill mismatches and shortages, and electricity constraints.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 10/30.

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    Date of creation: 01 Feb 2010
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    1. Pamuk, Sevket, 2006. "Estimating Economic Growth in the Middle East since 1820," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 66(03), pages 809-828, September.
    2. Boileau Loko & Mame Astou Diouf, 2009. "Revisiting the Determinants of Productivity Growth; What's new?," IMF Working Papers 09/225, International Monetary Fund.
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