SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Applied economics of the Middle East 2

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Term 2

Analysis of the economic development of the Middle East is taken in this second module on the applied economics of the Middle East, with a greater focus on the resource poor countries of the region.  Topics covered include:

  • The political economy of aid flow patters to the region
  • IMF and World Bank reform programmes
  • Economic Liberalisation
  • Globalisation, Food Security and Social Welfare Policies

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the reasons why a process of economic liberalisation was needed in the MENA region.  Conceptualise the characteristics of an economic liberalisation programme and its sectoral implications.
  • Be familiar with the key debates surrounding the process of liberalisation and be able to articulate arguments both for and against differen dimensions of economic liberalisation in the context of MENA.
  • Understand the social welfare and political implications of economic reform at both a regional and country-specific level.  Present country case study examples of the economic, social and political experience of liberalisation.  

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: Exam 70% / coursework 30% (1 essay). All coursework is resubmittable.

Suggested reading

  • Harrigan and El-Said, Aid and Power in the Arab World:  IMF and World Bank Policy Based Lending in the Middle East and North Africa (2009), Palgrave Macmillan
  • Harrigan, J (2014), The Political Economy of Arab Food Sovereignty, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Richards, A.  and Waterbury, J (2006), A Political Economy of the Middle East, State:  Class and Economic Development, 2nd Edition, Boulder Colorado:  Westview Curzon Press


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