Economic Growth, Youth Unemployment, and Political and Social Instability: A Study of Policies and Outcomes in Post-Arab Spring Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, and Tunisia
Authors: Heath Prince, Amna Khan, and Yara Halasa
Date: December 2018
Publication Type: Working Paper, 65pp.
The study has surveyed the post-Arab Spring youth employment policies that have been adopted in Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, and Tunisia. In addition, the study examines whether and how the economic policies implemented in these countries led to high levels of youth unemployment prior to the Arab Spring. It also analyses whether, after the conclusion of this series of massive social protests, new policies and institutions have emerged to provide innovative solutions that address the problem. While the topic of this study concerns youth employment policies, efforts have been made to briefly describe new or revised employment programmes as a means to illustrate the way in which these policies operate on implementation.
At the time of their collaboration, Heath Prince was Director of the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at the University of Texas, Austin, Amna Khan was Deputy Project Director for the Center for Advanced Studies in Energy, a USAID-funded project in Islamabad, Pakistan, Yara Halasa was Research Associate at the Schneider Institute for Health Policy at Brandeis University and was a lecturer in the International Healthcare Policy and Management Master’s program at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.