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Youth in the Arab World
Working Paper Series

WPS #3: Describing Lebanese Youths; a national and psycho-social survey
Charles Harb, Associate Professor of Social Psychology, AUB

WPS #4: Media Habits of MENA Youth; a three country survey
Jad Melki, Assistant Professor of Journalism, AUB

Research and Policy Memos

September 2009, Research and Policy Memo # 3
Youth Can Become Effective Leaders in Lebanon

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
English ||| Arabic

January 2009, Research and Policy Memo # 2
Public sector can reduce push factors that drive youth emigration

Jad Chaaban, Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, AUB
English ||| Arabic

November 2008, Research and Policy Memo # 1
Young Egyptians reinvent civic engagement, leading to new forms of public service

Barbara Ibrahim, Center for Philanthropy & Civic Engagement, American University in Cairo
English ||| Arabic

Other Youth-related Publications

IFI Hosts Research on the Social-Economic Situation of Middle East Youth on the Eve of the Arab Spring

Sixteen papers covering different aspects of the social and economic situation of youth in the MENA region were presented at a workshop hosted by the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs and sponsored by Silatech and the Middle East Youth Initiative.

The workshop, was held at the American University of Beirut on December 8-9, 2012, brought together scholars to present recent research on education, labor markets, entrepreneurship, social engagement and broader socio-economic issues with the goal of better understanding the foundations of the Arab Spring and the continuing exclusion experienced by the region’s youth as they transition to adulthood.

Edward Sayre: Education, Household Structure and Joint Labor Supply in Tunisia

Anita Breuer: The Role of Social Media in Mobilizing Political Evidence from the Tunisian Revolution

Cengiz Erisen: Exploring the Behavioral Mechanisms for the Attitudes of Youth on Democracy and Unemployment

Chaimaa Yassine: Structural Labor Market Transitions and Wage Dispersion in Egypt and Jordan

Brahim Boudarbat and Daniel Egel: Exploring the Impact of Reforms to the Moroccan Vocational Educational System: A Policy Analysis

Ghada Barsoum: A Generation without Work Contracts and Social Security: The Urgency of Policy Focus on Youth Job Informality in Egypt

Ishac Diwan: Are the Youth or the Middle Class Driving Change in the Middle East?

Jad Chaaban and Wael Mansour: The Impact of Remittances on Education in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon

Jeffrey B. Nugent and Yanyu Wu: How Would Firms Adjust Employment if Labor Market Regulations Were Eliminated? Evidence from the Enterprise Surveys

Mohamed Hassan and Magda Kandil: Employment Fluctuations and Sectoral Shifts in Egypt: Testing the Public/Private Sectoral Shifts Hypothesis

Mona Said: Youth Employment in the Wake of the Financial and Economic Crisis: Structural Trends and Policy Issues in Selected Arab Countries

Nadia Zrelli Ben Hamida: Policy Issues in Selected Arab Countries Is Over-education a Temporary henomenon? The Case of Tunisian Higher Education Graduates

Ragui Assaad: The Structure and Evolution of Employment in Jordan

Raj Desai: Inequality, Exclusion, and Dissent: Implications for Youth in the Arab World

Rana Hendy: Investigating Female Labor Force Participation: A Dynamic Analysis for Egypt and Jordan

Samer Kherfi: Unemployment and Labor Market Participation of UAE Youth




IFI leads working group at the Abu Dhabi Gallup Forum

The Abu Dhabi Gallup Center (AGDC) convened a Forum in December 2011 to discuss issues in the Arab world. One of the areas discussed was youth. The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB)was asked to facilitate and convene this working group at the Abu Dhabi Gallup Forum, and chose, as a main focus, perceptions of dignity and what dignity means to young people in the Arab world.

The Youth in the Arab World working group at the ADGC Forum was led by IFI's Director, Rami Khouri, and AUB's Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) Rima Afifi, and brought together experts, practitioners, as well as academics that looked into recommendations for policy-makers and possible strategies and action plans to create environments that promote a personal and collective sense of dignity for youth.

"Restoring Dignity: The Raison D'être of the Youth Movements in the Arab Citizen Revolt?" is a study co-authored by Rima Afifi (FHS), Ziyad Mahfoud (FHS), Rami Khouri (IFI), Sara Bittar (IFI) and Ahmad Younis (ADGC). The study served as the basis of the working group's discussion as it explored the concept of dignity; identified a conceptual framework for thinking about dignity; and connected dignity to youth and the current situation in the Arab world.

The authors used data from the Gallup Arab World Poll of Youth to test ten suggested hypotheses, through which they validated the identified conceptual framework (when it comes to understanding dignity) and its consequences in the Arab World. The analysis identified the points of influence most associated with youth well-being, in order to give practitioners and policy-makers concrete points for effective intervention.

The Youth in the Arab World working group concluded with three main recommendations available at this link:
The Abu Dhabi Gallup Forum: Research, Dialogue, and Solutions

The full Abu Dhabi Gallup Forum Report includes the final papers and recommendations from the 5 working groups (Public-Private Partnerships in the Context of Muslim-West Relations, Muslim-West Relations, Citizen Inclusion in the Arab World, Political Violence, and Youth in the Arab World).

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