Title

On Ideas and Economic Policy: A Survey of MENA Economists

Author's Department

Public Policy & Administration Department

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https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17938120.2020.1716619?journalCode=rmdj20

All Authors

Rana Hendy; Mahmoud Mohieldin

Document Type

Research Article

Publication Title

Middle East Development Journal

Publication Date

1-29-2020

doi

https://doi.org/10.1080/17938120.2020.1716619

Abstract

This paper examines how economic ideas have been shaped throughout history and the influence of these on the formulation of economic policy. We collect both quantitative and qualitative data from economists who are originally from the Middle East and North Africa region or working on the region. We find that economists and their ideas are more likely to be influenced by multiple schools of thought than adhere to one school. This multiplicity spills over into the type of solutions proposed to economic problems and thus policy implications. One of the main recommendations of this study is that there is a need for the development of economics and economists to recognize the impact of political and social issues that are not easy to grasp through modeling.

First Page

157

Last Page

176

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