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London Middle East Institute

Prospects for Inclusive Growth in the MENA Region

Hassan Hakimian, LMEI & SOAS

Date: 4 March 2014Time: 5:45 PM

Finishes: 4 March 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

Series: Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East

In this talk, Hassan Hakimian considers Middle East and North Africa’s recent trajectory of growth and critically considers its prospects for achieving inclusive growth in light of the recent political and social upheavals in the region. After a critical review of the evolution of thinking on growth and distribution in economic theory and development policy, he shows how pro-poor growth strategies have given way to concerns about inequality in recent years. The MENA countries' recent economic record and experience is analysed over time and in a comparative context with other developing regions. Hassan Hakimian offers a methodology for constructing a single combined score for measuring inclusive growth in these and other Less Developed Countries for comparison purposes. This is used to reflect on the prospects for achieving inclusive growth in the region and the challenges and opportunities it will face in the years to come.

Organiser: London Middle East Institute

Contact email: vp6@soas.ac.uk

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