Soaring of the Gulf Falcons : Diversification in the GCC Oil Exporters in Seven Propositions

Author/Editor:

Reda Cherif ; Fuad Hasanov

Publication Date:

September 24, 2014

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

A key priority for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is to create a dynamic non-oil tradable sector to support sustainable growth. Since export diversification takes a long time, it has to start now. We argue that the failure to diversify away from oil stems mainly from market failures rather than government failures. To tackle market failures, the government needs to change the incentive structure for workers and firms. Experiences of oil exporters that managed to diversify suggest that a focus on competing in international markets and an emphasis on technological upgrade and climbing the “quality ladder” are crucial.

Series:

Working Paper No. 14/177

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 24, 2014

ISBN/ISSN:

9781498310642/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2014177

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

55

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