The effects of institutions and natural resources in heterogeneous growth regimes with endogeneity

Yacine Belarbi , Lylia Sami , Saïd Souam

Since the seminal paper of Sachs and Warner (1995), several justifications have been advanced to explain the observed disparities in the performance between the oil resource dependent economies. The most important one deals with the quality of the institutions although no agreement has been made on the importance of their role, or the direction in which they affect economic growth. Some recent studies point to the interaction effect on growth of both “natural resources” and “institutions” factors. In this paper, we focus on these interaction effects to explain why countries rich in oil resources can be both winners and losers due to ions of their institutions. We use a specific econometric approach to e simultaneously analyse the interaction effects and the threshold from which the so-called ‘natural resource curse’ can be reversed. We examine the effect of the interaction between natural resources and the quality of institutions on corruption and economic growth, and the interaction between natural resources and the revenue level on corruption and economic growth. The estimation of our models is based on a sample of 24 countries for the period 2000-2015.

Human Capital, Labour Market Friction and Migration in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia

Rym Ayadi and Jamel Trabelsi (Editors), Marwa Biltagy (Egypt), Nooh Alshyab and Ziad Abulila (Jordan), Najal El Makkaoui, Yeganeh Forouheshfar and Sara Loukili (Morocco), Rihab Bellakhal, Iyad Dhaoui, Wajdi Kthiri and Jamel Trabelsi (Tunisia)

This study provides an overview of the main characteristics of education systems and labour markets in four Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Countries (SEMCs) – namely Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia – and discusses the difficulties facing the youth in their transition from school to the labour market and the pressure for them to migrate. The analysis focuses on the latest trends in youth education, employment, and migration with a special focus on gender gaps and regional inequalities as presented in the four chapters by the country experts in this study.

Skills mismatch and returns to education in Jordan

Nooh Alshyab, Serena Sandri, and Ziad Abu-Lila

Education is an investment and its returns, in terms of increased wages, can be used as an indicator of productivity in an economy. Also, skills utilisation is important for productivity and whenever there is a misalignment between the skills demanded and those available, it is spoken of as skills mismatch. This paper provides an overview on skills mismatch and estimates gender differences in the returns to education in Jordan. The econometric analysis is hereby based on the estimation of fixed effects’ models on a set of pseudo panel data, covering the period between 2000 and 2015. The findings reveal that returns to education for male employees are higher than for female employees (the wage premium from one additional year of schooling is 6.8% for males and 5.4% for females) and that, on average, females are paid 74% of what males earn. We explain this result based on some peculiarities of female participation in Jordan’s labour market. Concerning skills mismatch, the analysis points to the existence of over-education and under-skilling.

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