Publications

2016
Diwan, Ishac. “How to Help the Middle East.” Project Syndicate (2016). Publisher's Version
Diwan, Ishac. Low Social and Political Returns to Education in the Arab World. Economic Research Forum, 2016. Publisher's Version
Diwan, Ishac, Zafiris Tzannatos, and Joanna Abdel Ahad. “Rates of Return to Education in Twenty Two Arab Countries: An Update and Comparison between MENA and the Rest of the World,” 2016. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Using a unique dataset, the study fills an important empirical gap in discussions about labor outcomes in the Arab region by estimating the rates of return to education (RoRE) for all 22 Arab countries. Since we use the same global data set and empirical specification for all countries of the world, our estimates are comparable between countries and between regions of the world.  Compared to other regions, our results for the Arab region show that the RoRE are low but, in relative terms, those for Arab women are higher than those for Arab men. Similarly we find that the region has on average a zero public sector wage premium for men but a high one for women. The public sector premium is high for men in the GCC but low, even negative, in the rest of the region.  Still, the overall RoRE are lowest in the GCC. 

Diwan, Ishac. “Saudi Arabia’s Reform Path.” Project Syndicate, 2016. Publisher's Version
Diwan, Ishac, and Jenni Klugman. “Patterns of Veiling Among Muslim Women,” 2016. Publisher's VersionAbstract

This paper exploits a unique source of data, the Gallup World Poll, and is the first cross-country empirical investigation of veiling patterns in Muslim-majority countries, complementing a rich literature on veiling from other disciplinary perspectives. We find evidence of links between veiling and religiosity, age, education levels, marital status, support for political Islam, and employment status. On the basis of these correlations, we discuss possible reasons for why women veil. These include: to conform to religious beliefs, as a sign of obedience to the patriarchal bargain, to increase their mobility outside the home, to protect against the threat of violence, and to signal their support for political Islam.

Diwan, Ishac. “The Emancipation Gap in Arab Education.” Project Syndicate, 2016. Publisher's Version
Diwan, Ishac, and El Mouhoub Mouhoud. “Aux sociétés arabes de reformer leurs écoles (online title: Aux pays musulmans de réviser leurs « politiques d’éducation »).” Le Monde, 2016. Publisher's Version aux_pays_musulmans_de_reviser_leurs_politiques_deducation_.pdf
Diwan, Ishac. “Economic Growth After the Arab Spring.” Project Syndicate, 2016. Publisher's Version
The Middle East Economies in Times of Transition
Diwan, Ishac, and Ahmed Galal. The Middle East Economies in Times of Transition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Link to TOC
2015
Morocco's Growth Diagnostics: Identifying Morocco's Binding Constraints to Broad-Based Growth
Mansour, Samia, Kaouther Abderrahim, Gilles Nancy, Marion Dovis, and Ishac Diwan. Morocco's Growth Diagnostics: Identifying Morocco's Binding Constraints to Broad-Based Growth. Edited by Vincent Caste. Morocco : African Development Fund, The Kingdom of Morocco, Millenium Challenge Corporation, 2015. Publisher's Version
Pyramid Capitalism: Political Connections, Regulation, and Firm Productivity in Egypt
Diwan, Ishac, Philip Keefer, and Marc Schiffbauer. “Pyramid Capitalism: Political Connections, Regulation, and Firm Productivity in Egypt,” 2015. Publisher's Version
Diwan, Ishac, and Youssef Chaitani. “Lebanon in the Syrian Quagmire: Fault-Lines, Resilience and Possible Futures,” 2015. Publisher's Version diwan_and_chaitani_-_2015_-_lebanon_in_the_syrian_quagmire.pdf
A political economy of the Middle East
Diwan, Ishac, Melani Cammett, Alan Richards, and John Waterbury. A political economy of the Middle East. Fourth. Westview Press, 2015.Abstract
Chekir, Hamouda, and Ishac Diwan. “Crony capitalism in Egypt.” Journal of Globalization and Development (2015). chekir_and_diwan_-_2015_-_crony_capitalism_in_egypt.pdf
Four Books on the Arab Uprisings (including a review of Understanding of the Political Economy of the Arab Uprisings) by John Waterbury.” Foreign Affairs (2015). http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/142594/ishac-diwan-edited-by-larry-diamond-and-marc-f-plattner-edited-b/understanding-the
Review of Understanding the Political Economy of the Arab Uprisings by Hassan Hakimian.” The Middle East in London 11, no. 2 (2015). hakimian_-_2015_-_review.pdf
2014
Al-Ississ, Mohamed, and Ishac Diwan. “Democracy and Division in the Arab World.” World Economic Forum, 2014. Publisher's Version
Understanding the Political Economy of the Arab Uprisings
Understanding the Political Economy of the Arab Uprisings. London and Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific, 2014.Abstract

See a review of the book published on Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online

2013
Diwan, Ishac, and Hedi Lerbi. “Reprise de la transition: Grand défi mais dernière chance.” Huffington Post Maghreb (2013). Publisher's Version
Diwan, Ishac, and Hedi Lerbi. “Tunisie, le seul joker islamiste du monde arabe.” Huffington Post Maghreb, 2013. Publisher's Version

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