Human capital, social protection, inequality and migration

Human Capital, Inequality and Migration in Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Countries: Towards a coherent policy agenda

The demographic and societal structures in southern and eastern Mediterranean countries are expected to undergo profound transformations in the future, calling for new public policies related to employment, human capital and mobility. In addition, the population projections of the MEDPRO project until 2030 have pointed to an increase in working-age populations. Against this background, the authors suggest policies to address challenges in education, inequality, social protection and migration.

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MEDPRO PP No 8 WP7 Ayadi.pdf437.28 KB15906 hours 52 min ago
Date of publication: 
Wed, 27/03/2013
Author(s): 
Rym Ayadi and Alia el Mahdi
Institutions: CEPS, FEPS

Education and Social Protection Systems in Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Countries

This report assesses the current status of the education and social protection systems in 11 southern and eastern Mediterranean countries. It compares these countries using various education indicators and attempts to highlight the main differences in the social protection systems among the countries using qualitative analysis.

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MEDPRO TR No 20 WP7 El Mahdi.pdf1.14 MB10695 hours 49 min ago
Date of publication: 
Wed, 30/01/2013
Author(s): 
Alia el Mahdi, Ola el Khawaga , Ashraf el Araby
Institutions: FEPS

Female Labour Force Participation and Economic Development in Southern Mediterranean Countries: What scenarios for 2030?

This paper investigates the relationship between female labour force participation rates and economic growth in southern Mediterranean countries. A two-step methodology involving econometric estimations and the use of a general equilibrium model was used for this purpose.

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MEDPRO TR No 19 WP7 Tsani.pdf357.78 KB44166 hours 11 min ago
Date of publication: 
Mon, 10/12/2012
Author(s): 
Stella Tsani, Leonidas Paroussos, Costas Fragiadakis, Ioannis Charalambidis, Pantelis Capros
Institutions: E3M Lab at ICCS/NTUA

Inequality in the Southern Mediterranean: A survey of selected countries

This paper addresses the issues of current levels of inequality: their trends, determinants and future scenarios, demonstrating that welfare levels are measured by per capita consumption. Location, educational attainment and employment status have been identified as the key factors affecting levels of welfare and its distribution. A benefit incidence analysis was performed to investigate benefits of different deciles of per capita expenditure from education and health services.

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MEDPRO TR No 23 WP7 El Laithy.pdf776.65 KB16331 day 4 hours ago
Date of publication: 
Thu, 06/12/2012
Author(s): 
Heba El Laithy
Institutions: FEPS

Measuring Returns to Education and Human Capital in the Southern Mediterranean

Measuring human capital has been a significant challenge for economists because the main variable of interest is intangible and not directly observable. In the Middle Eastern and Northern African region the task is further complicated by the general scarcity of comparable and reliable data.

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MEDPRO TR No 17 WP7 Arbak.pdf526.48 KB22862 hours 51 min ago
Date of publication: 
Fri, 05/10/2012
Author(s): 
Emrah Arbak
Institutions: CEPS

Human capital, social protection, inequality and migration (Work Package 7)

Social protection schemes in the region suffer from major weaknesses, including the demographic shifts and rampant unemployment, especially among the youth. These challenges seriously hamper the sustainability of these schemes, where they exist. Moreover, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa continue to lag behind their peers in terms of educational attainment of adult population.

Prof. Alia El Mahdi

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Prof.
First name: 
Alia
Last name: 
El Mahdi
Position: 
Scientific Bureau, WP7 leader, FEPS team leader
Phone: 
+202 35 735 055
Biography: 

Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science- Cairo University since August 2008, and Professor of Economics, Cairo University since 1995.
My main areas of specialization are macroeconomic analysis and labor market research. During the last 20 years I have been heavily involved in conducting economic surveys. The fields of research varied and included several topics such as labor market research projects, micro and small enterprises surveys, empirical studies on industrial enterprises especially in the areas of textiles and electronics, industrial complexes/clusters. In the last seven years I got engaged in socio-economic household surveys and socio-economic and political polls.

The latest research papers and reports were:

  • El Mahdi, A., 2009, "The repercussions of the Financial Crisis on the Economic Activity and Employment, in the conference on:Social Implications of the Economic Crisis on the Egyptian Economy and the ways out of it”, Center of Economic and Financial Research and Studies, Cairo.
  • El Mahdi, A., etal, 2009, "A Survey Study of the Implications of the Application of Quality Assurance Programs on the Improvement of Education", for the Quality Assurance Program, Ministry of Higher Education, Cairo.
  • El Mahdi, A., etal, 2008, "Science and Technology in a sample of Private Sector Companies in Egypt", Ministry of Higher Education, Cairo.
  • El Mahdi, A. etal, 2008, Egypt’s Human Development Report 2008, Ministry of Economic Development and UNDP, Cairo
  • El Mahdi, A. and H.El Said,Ed.,(2007), The Role of Financial and Non-financial Services in Supporting MSMEs in Egypt, CEFRS and the Egyptian Banking Institute, Cairo.
  • El Mahdi,A. & M. Metwally, Ed.,(2007), Evaluation of the Privatization Program in Egypt (1992-2006), UNDP and Center for Economic and Financial Research and Studies, Cairo.

 

Jorgen Mortensen

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Jorgen
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Mortensen
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Scientific Bureau
Biography: 

Jørgen Mortensen is Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Brussels-based Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). He graduated in economics and statistics from the University in Copenhagen in 1963. After a brief period as administrator at the Central Statistical Office he took up a post as junior economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. From 1973 to 1988 he was a senior economist (Head of Division) in the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission. Since 1989 he has been free-lance researcher, mainly associated with CEPS. Jørgen Mortensen has written or edited numerous research reports and books on issues as economic and social cohesion in the European Union, the financing of retirement provision, portability of pension rights, the role of intellectual capital in the economy, intangibles in business accounting and, more recently, on various aspects of demographic ageing and its consequences for labour markets, retirement and health care provision.

MEDPRO Cairo meeting

29/06/2010 09:00
30/06/2010 17:00
Location: 
Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences of the Cairo University, Egypt
Speakers : 
MEDPRO Team members
Agenda
Description of event: 

On June 29th and 30th, the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences of the Cairo University (FEPS) hosted MEDPRO’s first implementation workshop on demography, human capital inequalities and migration. Speakers gave a glimpse on the demographic situation and state of education in selected Maghreb and Mashrek countries highlighting their commonalities and divergences. On this basis, partners discussed their updated work plans pointing at the complementarities between these two streams of MEDPRO’s research. The discussion clarified the methodology to undertake the foresight exercise and defined the next steps to move forward.

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