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The second seminar of the fall 2013 study group, "The Politics and
Economics of Transition in the Middle East," with Professor Ragui
Assad. More information on this semester’s study group series can
The use of public sector employment by Arab regimes to appease politically significant groups in the post-independence period has led to oversized public sectors, high youth unemployment, especially among the educated, inappropriate investments in human capital and stagnant rates of female participation in economic activity.