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Constraintson Growth in the MENA Region


  • Rina Bhattacharya
  • Hirut Wolde


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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  • Rina Bhattacharya & Hirut Wolde, 2010. "Constraintson Growth in the MENA Region," IMF Working Papers 10/30, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:10/30

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    1. Boileau Loko & Mame Astou Diouf, 2009. "Revisiting the Determinants of Productivity Growth - What’s new?," IMF Working Papers 09/225, International Monetary Fund.
    2. 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.
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    2. Čizmović, Mirjana & Popović, Milenko, 2014. "Causes of Growth in Transition Countries 1990-2012: Comparative Analysis," EconStor Preprints 104005, ZBW - German National Library of Economics.
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    4. Cham, Tamsir, 2017. "Determinants of Islamic Banking Growth: An Empirical Analysis," Working Papers 2017-7, The Islamic Research and Teaching Institute (IRTI).
    5. Pasali, Selahattin Selsah, 2013. "Where is the cheese ? synthesizing a giant literature on causes and consequences of financial sector development," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6655, The World Bank.


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