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Deutschhausstraße 12
35032 Marburg

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Our team works on research questions in the fields of Political Economy (in particular, the Political Economy of Natural Resources and the Resource Curse, Economics of Arab Spring, Democratization, and Demographic Transition in the Middle East), Public Finance (e.g., Islamic Finance, Shadow Economy and Smuggling), Applied Macroeconomics (e.g., Globalization and Economic Liberalization in the Middle East) and Labor Economics (e.g., Labor Market Rigidities, Public-Private Sector Wage Differentials). We mainly focus on empirical research, using econometric tools to investigate Middle East & North Africa (MENA) related political economy questions. Our team provides an extensive institutional and technical knowledge on selected MENA countries such as Iran, Egypt and Morocc

Our teaching agenda includes courses in political economy of the MENA region at the Bachelor and the Master level as well as several other seminars on different topics such as economics of natural resources, demographic transition and economic growth, globalization and trade for the MENA region and Islamic Finance. We aimto enable our students to use the principles of economics for the Middle East problems, to master technical and analytical skills for scholarly discussions and objective analysis on the basis of economic theories; and to prepare our students for academic and professional careers and increasing their employability in international markets. Our department at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) provides a unique opportunitiy for qualified PhD and Postdoctoral candidates to implement their MENA relevant research projects.  


With the B.A. Oriental Studies, Specialization in Middle East Economics, the department contributes to a unique interdisciplinary study program which integrates oriental and economic studies. Subsequently, B.A. students majoring in economics are eligible to enter the Master programs of M.A. Politics and Economics of the Middle East Economics of the Middle East EMEA (previously M.A. Economic Change in the Arab Region) or M.A. International Development Studies.

We kindly welcome all interested students! For further information do not hesitate to contact us.


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