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Workshop on the Social-Economic Situation of Middle East Youth on the Eve of the Arab Spring

4 December 2012

The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs and Silatech have joined the Middle East Youth Initiative in sponsoring a workshop focused on understanding the social and economic conditions faced by youth across the wider Middle East on the eve of the Arab Spring. The workshop, to be held at the American University of Beirut on December 8-9, 2012, brings together scholars to present recent research on education, labor markets, entrepreneurship, social engagement and broader socio-economic issues with the goal of better understanding the foundations of the Arab Spring and the continuing exclusion experienced by the region’s youth as they transition to adulthood.

Workshop discussion papers (by order of presentation):

“Are the Youth or the Middle Class Driving Change in the Middle East?”
Ishac Diwan (Harvard Kennedy School, USA)

“Inequality, Exclusion and Dissent: Implications for Youth in the Arab World”
Raj Desai (Georgetown University, USA)

“A Generation without Work Contracts and Social Security: The Urgency of Policy Focus on Youth Job Informality in Egypt”
Ghada Barsoum (American University in Cairo, Egypt)

“Exploring the Impact of Reforms to the Moroccan Vocational Educational System”
Daniel Egel (RAND Corporation, USA)

“Investigating Female Labor Force Participation: A Dynamic Analysis for Egypt and Jordan”
Rana Hendy (Economic Research Forum, Egypt)

“Education, Household Structure and Joint Labor Supply in Tunisia”
Edward Sayre (University of Southern Mississippi, USA)

“The Impact of Remittances on Education in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon”
Jad Chaaban (American University of Beirut, Lebanon)

“Schooling and Learning in the Middle East and North Africa”
Djavad Salahi-Isfahani (Virginia Tech, USA)

“Is Over-Education a Temporary Phenomenon? The Case for Tunisian Higher Education Graduates”
Nadia Zrelli Ben Hamida (Larime Essec, Tunisia)

“How Would Firms Adjust Employment if Labor Market Regulations Were Eliminated? Evidence from the Enterprise Surveys”
Jeff Nugent (University of Southern California, USA)

“Exploring the Behavioral Mechanism for the Attitudes of Youth on Democracy and Unemployment”
Cengiz Erisen (TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey)

“The Determinants of Youth Entrepreneurial Activity in MENA”
Nader Kabbani (Silatech, Qatar)

“The Role of Social Media in Mobilizing Political Protest: Evidence from the Tunisian Revolution”
Anita Breuer (German Development Institute, Germany)

“Youth Employment in the Wake of the Financial Crisis: Structural Trends and Policy Issues”
Mona Said (American University in Cairo, Egypt)

“The Structure and Evolution of Employment in Jordan”
Ragui Assaad (University of Minnesota, USA)

“Employment Fluctuations and Sectoral Shifts in Egypt: Testing the Public/Private Sectoral Shifts Hypothesis”
Magda Kandil (International Monetary Fund, USA)

“Structural Labor Market Transitions and Wage Dispersion in Egypt and Jordan”
Chaimaa Yassine (University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, France)

“Unemployment and Labor Market Participation of UAE Youth”
Samer Kherfi (American University of Sharjah, UAE)

“Qatari Youth, Qatarization and the Transition to Adulthood”
Paul Dyer (Silatech, Qatar)