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Bargawi, Hannah (2014) 'Economic Policies, Structural Change and the Roots of the ‘Arab Spring’ in Egypt.' Review of Middle East Economics and Finance, 10 (3). pp. 219-246.

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Abstract

This paper analyses the economic challenges facing Egypt in the post-Mubarak period, demonstrating the ways in which economic policy choices over the 2000s have contributed to the economic and social outcomes witnessed in the run up to the 2011 uprisings. The article investigates three specific policy areas and demonstrates their role in reducing employment opportunities, eroding wages and facilitating the creation of an increasingly unequal economic and social structure in Egypt. The three policy areas addressed by the article are (i) the general misplaced fiscal focus on expenditure-reduction rather than revenue-enhancement and the lack of progressive revenue growth; (ii) the manipulation and use of subsidies in Egypt to appease the populous instead of fostering employment generation; (iii) the failure to adequately promote employment-intensive investment.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Egypt; uprising; economic policies; growth; employment
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Economics
ISSN: 14753693
Copyright Statement: ©2014 De Gruyter. This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1515/rmeef-2014-0034
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 11:41
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/19253

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