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Analyzing the Perceptions of Egyptian Youth about the Arab Spring

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  • Fakih, Ali

    () (Lebanese American University)

  • Ghazalian, Pascal L.

    () (University of Lethbridge)

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Egyptian youth played a central role in the Arab Spring (AS) uprisings, yearning for changes in the political system and for better economic conditions. This paper investigates the perceptions of young Egyptians about the AS. The empirical analysis uses a bivariate ordered probit model to examine the factors influencing these perceptions through proxies that cover political, social, and economic conditions. The results reveal that social values and ideological characteristics matter more than the standard socio-economic attributes in understanding the perceptions of young Egyptians. They indicate that individuals with secularist, non-traditionalist, and gender equality inclinations formed more favourable perceptions about the AS. Also, they suggest that the AS has led to unfavourable perceived circumstances for the Arab Nationalism and pan-Islamism ideologies, and propitious perceived conditions for further connection with the global system. These findings signal that the AS may have set a path toward a significant transformation in the Egyptian society.

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  • Fakih, Ali & Ghazalian, Pascal L., 2019. "Analyzing the Perceptions of Egyptian Youth about the Arab Spring," IZA Discussion Papers 12618, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    Arab Spring; Egypt; youth; perceptions; social change; bivariate ordered probit;
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    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • P48 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Political Economy; Legal Institutions; Property Rights; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Regional Studies
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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