Constraintson Growth in the MENA Region

Author/Editor:

Rina Bhattacharya ; Hirut Wolde

Publication Date:

February 1, 2010

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Summary:

In this paper we contribute to the empirical literature on growth in the MENA region by attempting to quantify the impact of the various constraints faced by local businesses highlighted by the World Bank’s Business Enterprise surveys. To the best of our knowledge this dataset has not been used in any empirical analysis looking at the main constraints on growth in the MENA region. Our empirical results suggest that the key direct constraints to growth in the MENA region are difficulties in access to finance, labor skill mismatches and shortages, and electricity constraints.

Series:

Working Paper No. 10/30

Subject:

Frequency:

Monthly

English

Publication Date:

February 1, 2010

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451962574/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2010030

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

22

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