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Annual Conference
ERF 13th Annual Conference: Oil - Impact on the Global Economy
Kuwait, Kuwait
16 December 2006 - 18 December 2006

The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) hosted ERF’s Thirteenth Annual Conference in its headquarters in Kuwait, on December 16-18 2006, under the theme of “Oil: its Impact on the Global Economy”. Research issues discussed in the conference will include topics under ERF main research themes. Thirty four papers were presented in the conference sessions and twenty six were distributed as background papers. ERF gratefully acknowledges the generous contribution of AFESD towards the finance of the conference . This contribution with the unfailing support of Sayed Abdulatif Y. Al-Hamad made this conference possible.

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Presented Papers
Momentum in emerging markets: investigation of overconfidence and cognitive bias factors
Hamadi Matoussi and Faten Zoghlami
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The structure of the Turkish banking sector after the 2000-2001 crises: an empirical investigation
Kivilcim Metin Ozcan and Nur Sevim Kafalı
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Financial guarantees as innovation tool in Islamic project finance
M.Kabir Hassan and Issouf Soumaré
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The role of the financial sector in the design of the macroeconomic policy “empirical investigation for Egypt”
Nevine Mokhtar Eid
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A test of the news model of stock price determination in an emerging market: the case of Kuwait
Sulaiman T. Al-Abduljader and Imad Moosa
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Financial innovations and the stability of long-run money demand: implications for the conduct of monetary policy in three GCC countries
Saif S. Al-Sowaidi and Ali F. Darrat
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Efficiency and productivity change of Egyptian commercial banks (1995-2003)
Malak Reda and Ihsan Isik
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Is there a glass ceiling in Morocco? Evidence from matched worker-firm data
François-Charles Wolff and Christophe Nordman
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Female employment, earnings inequality and household well-being: the case of urban Turkey
Meltem Dayıoğlu and Cem Başlevent
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Targeting the poor in Egypt, a ROC approach
Magued Osman, Enas Zakareya and Walaa Mahrous
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Poverty and geographic targeting in Egypt: Evidence from a poverty mapping exercise
Rania Roushdy and Ragui Assaad
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The determinants of early retirement in Egypt
Fatma El-Hamidi
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The paradox of insufficient human capital investment and graduate unemployment: the case of Iranian labor market
Abolghasem Naderi
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Governance institutions and private investment: an application to the Middle East and North Africa
Ahmet Faruk Aysan, Mustapha Kamel Nabli, and Marie-Ange Varoudakis
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Social capital and economic growth: empirical investigations on the transmission channels
Ghazi Boulila, Lobna Bousrih, and Mohamed Trabelsi
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Asymmetric effects of exchange rate fluctuations on economic performance
Magda Kandil and Nergiz Dincer
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On the linkage between monetary policy and MENA stock markets?
Samy Ben Naceur, Samir Ghazouani, Adel Boughrara
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Sustainability and dynamics of MENA public debt and the macroeconomic implications of public insolvency
Simon Neaime
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Do capital inflows cause currency black markets in MENA?
Osman Suliman
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Financial liberalization and money demand in Morocco
Younes Zouhar and Abderrahman Kacemi
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A comparative efficiency analysis of interest free financial institutions and conventional banks: a case study on Turkey
Savas Alpay and Kabir Hassan
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The redistributive effects of heath care financing in the occupied Palestinian territory: a decomposition analysis approach
Awad Mataria, Mohammad Abu-Zaineh, Khaled Qalalwa, Boubou Cisse, Jean-Paul Moatti
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Tourism, capital good imports and long-run growth
Mondher Sahli, Jean-Jacques Nowak and Sylvain Petit
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Normative approach of upstream-downstream relationships in the tourism sector: implication for the tourism policy of the South Mediterranean countries
Riadh Ben Jelili, Hélène Djoufelkit and Abdelhakim Hammoudi
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A credit scoring model for Turkey’s micro & small enterprises (MSE’s)
Nurhan Davutyan and Semsa Ozar
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Water demand management in arid area: a DEA input distance function approach to analyze irrigation efficiencies in south Tunisia
Mounir Belloumi and Mohamed Matoussi
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Cost benefit analysis of desert locusts’ control: a multi-country perspective
Hala Abou-Ali and Mohammed Belhaj
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Policy reform in maritime transport sector: the case of Turkey
Subidey Togan
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Technology spillovers due to foreign ownership & productivity of domestic firms
Luisito Bertinelli, Mehmet Teoman Pamukçu, And Eric Strobl
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Environmental regulation and trade : the impact of higher water costs on the export of Tunisian dates and citrus
Mohamed Matoussi and Ayadi Mohamed
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Determinants of productivity in Morocco and Egypt - the role of trade?
Michael Gasiorek, Patricia Augier, and Gonzalo Varela
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Revisiting the unfinished debate of the impact of health and environmental measures on Egyptian agro-food exports to the EU
Dina Atef Mandour
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What constrains services trade in Jordan: weak infrastructure, regulatory barriers or both?
Marwan A. Kardoosh
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Exporting, productive efficiency and product quality : an empirical analysis of the agricultural sector in the south Mediterranean countries
Nadia Belhaj Hassan
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Background Papers
Operational hedging of transaction exposure arising from international trade: an illustration using the Kuwaiti Dinar as a base currency
Imad Moosa
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Islamic banking: a growing or shrinking consumer market in kuwait?
Faten Jabsheh, Weam Behbehani, and Shaima Al-Shamali
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libéralisation financière et croissance économique au Maroc : essai de modélisation
Sanae Solhi
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The importance of developing future contracts: a case study of Iran agricultural commodity exchanges
Mohammad Bakhshoodeh and Ali Hosseini Yekani
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How sustainable and irreversible is the banking sector reform in Egypt?
Sahar Nasr
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Measuring and explaining the efficiencies of the UAE banking system
Hassan Aly, Fatima Al Shamsi, and Yehia Bassiony
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Banking system convergence in MENA
Ibrahim Saif and Hadeel Yaseen
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Contrat de travail et précarisation : une modélisation de l’information asymétrique d’une situation atypique, cas des pays pauvres et en développement
Abdelhamid El Bouhadi
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Education returns in the marriage market: does female education investment improve the quality of future husbands in Egypt?
Asmaa Elbadawy and Ragui Assaad
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Determinants of poverty for rural and urban households in Iran
Bahaeddin Najafi and A. Shooshtarian
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GCC nationals in the labor market: the new role of the states
Mohamed Chemingui and Mohammed Hajeeh
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Pauvreté et inégalités en Tunisie : une approche non-monétaire
Mohamed Ayadi and Abdelrahmen El Lahga
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Contribution du tissu coopératif et associatif en matière d’accès
Aomar Ibourk
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The Impact of capital requirements on credit expansion: evidence from MENA countries
Samy Ben Naceur and Magda Kandil
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Evaluating financial deepening and business cycles in the GCC countries of the Middle East
Hassan Aly and Magda Kandil
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PRGF programs of IMF: different objectives with same tools?
Ahmet Atil Asici
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Quality of public investment, fiscal rules & macroeconomic performance
Mustafa Ismihan and F. Gulcin Ozkan
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The political economy of exchange rate misalignment in the Middle East
Marcus Marktanner and Joanna Nasr
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Education, human capital inequality and economic growth: evidence from Turkey
Nil Demet Gungor
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Is the lending channel operative in Morocco and Tunisia?
Adel Boughrara
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Telecom services in Tunisia
Mongi Boughzala
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Oil futures prices, economic growth and causality in Jordan, Tunisia and Turkey
Salaheddin Abosedra and Sajal Ghosh
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Les rendements d'echelle dans l'industrie Tunisiennes
Haouas Ilham
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Yemen’s integration in the world economy: what policy should be adopted towards joining regional trade agreements?
Ahmed Farouk Ghoneim
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Jordan – United States free trade agreement economic impact study: searching for effects of the FTA on exports, imports and trade related investments
James H. Cassing and Anna Maria Salameh
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Exchange-rate policies and trade in the MENA countries
Amina Lahrèche-Révil and Juliette Milgram
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