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"The Macroeconomics of the Arab States of the Gulf" with Raphael Espinoza

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"The Macroeconomics of the Arab States of the Gulf" with Raphael Espinoza

Seminar
Series: Middle East Initiative Speaker Series
Open to the Public - Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building, BL-1
September 4, 2014
4:00-5:30 p.m.

Related Project: Middle East Initiative

Description:

A seminar with Raphael Espinoza, Economist in the Research Department (Systemic Issues Division) at the International Monetary Fund, to discuss his latest book, The Macroeconomics of the Arab States of the Gulf. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for International Development and the Master in Public Administration/International Development (MPA/ID) Program.

About The Macroeconomics of the Arab States of the Gulf:

The economies of the Arab states of the Gulf have gone through considerable changes in the last decade, spurred by high oil prices and ambitious diversification plans. Large-scale immigration provided the laborforce while capital inflows and financial development leveraged oil wealth to finance diversification. The collapse in real estate prices around the world followed by the global crisis slowed growth and raised questions on the appropriateness of what has been dubbed the "GCC model." The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have thus far managed to leverage their large natural resource wealth to achieve economic prosperity and finance social advances, and the region also emerged as an important source of funds for the other countries in the Middle East. Nevertheless, the GCC faces several challenges. Productivity growth must increase to fully reap the benefits of investment. Jobs must be created for the nationals and the growing youth population. State intervention (which is prevalent, given that oilrevenues accrue to the government) must become efficient and be used to diversify and modernize the economy. In addition, the recent crisis highlighted the importance of fiscal, monetary, and financial stability policies to manage macroeconomic cycles. This book analyses these issues and combines data and econometric analysis with theoretical discussions. It concludes with a discussion of the importance of the GCC for the wider region.

About Raphael Espinoza:

Raphael Espinoza is an Economist in the Research Department (Systemic Issues Division) at the IMF. His research focus is on development macroeconomics, international macroeconomics/international finance, and asset pricing. He is currently a member of the Spain mission team, and previously he worked on the Dominican Republic (under an IMF program), Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. Before joining the IMF, he was an Economist at the ECB, focusing on the US economy, and he worked on fiscal policy at the French Treasury.

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