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Islam, Globalization, and Economic Performance in the Middle East

By Marcus Noland, Howard Pack | June 1, 2004

Johns Hopkins University Press, SAIS Review

Abstract

The Middle East is a demographic time bomb: the economy must grow 5–6 percent annually for the next two decades to absorb new entrants to the labor force. The only plausible way for this to occur is through a successful process of cross-border economic integration. Islam itself is not an impediment, but public opinion harbors reservations about globalization. This can create a vicious circle in which insecurity in both its economic and cultural dimensions precludes those measures necessary to accelerate growth.

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