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Welcome to the Department of Middle East Economics!


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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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Neue Arbeitspapiere veröffentlicht / New Working Papers published
Our recent working papers at the Middle East Economics department

New Visiting Researcher at Department
Mohammad M. Khabbazan is visiting the Middle East Economics Department in 2013/2014.

Successful Symposium!
We would like to thank all of those who attended and contributed to the International Symposium "Sanctions and Iranian Political Economy:lessons and the ways ...

Auswirkungen der Sanktionen auf die Wirtschaft Irans
Veranstaltung am Centrum für Nah- und Mitteloststudien (CNMS) der Philipps-Universität Marburg zu den Auswirkungen der Sanktionen auf die Wirtschaft Irans.

Interview with JProf. Mohamamd Farzanegan
Recent Interview of FARS NEWS AGENCY (Iran) with Mohammad Reza Farzanegan on the political economy developments in Iran, especially under sanctions.

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Last modified: 21.04.2014

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